Aust Day ceremony goes north for 2015
AUSTRALIA Day celebrations in the northern region of the Southern Downs will be held at the Glengallan Homestead next year.
The announcement was made during a visit of Mayor Peter Blundell and multiple councillors to the historic homestead on Wednesday.
Southern Downs Regional Councillor Neil Meiklejohn said it was exciting to take the traditional celebrations to the homestead.
"(Glengallan Homestead director) Donna (Fraser) has had the aspiration to host Australia Day Celebrations for over 10 years," Cr Meiklejohn said.
"It is shaping up as a great day - the plan is to have the Homestead cafe open, with the markets on and an Aussie theme for them.
"We'll have some local artists playing and the hope is to have both the citizenship ceremonies and regular citizen awards held there as well."
Glengallan Homestead director Donna Fraser said there would be additional activities.
"We certainly welcome the interests of council," Mrs Fraser said.
"As well as the markets and award ceremonies, we'll have some Aussie activities such as billy tea and damper.
"We'll also have scones and lamingtons plus we'll have a demonstration of gold panning and metal detection."
Councillors gathered at the homestead on Wednesday for a morning tea and tour of the homestead. Council supported the Glengallan Homestead Trust through its Community Support Program, which led to funds for the maintenance and development of the gardens.
"We thought it would be nice for council to come and see what's happening," Mrs Fraser said.
"Their support has contributed to us being able to employ a gardener to implement and design the establishment and tending of heritage gardens.
"This has had a flow-on effect because there is a greater opportunity for the homestead to host garden events in the future.
"As the gardens develop, there is more opportunity to stage ourselves to tourists as well."
Cr Meiklejohn said it good to see how the money had been used.
"You gain an appreciation of the work that has been done," he said.
Cr Meiklejohn said the nomination period for council's Australia Day awards had been extended until Monday December 22.
To nominate, visit southerndowns.qld.gov.au.