Australia Day full of events for Southern Downs residents

BRING along a picnic blanket and chairs to enjoy the program of events planned for Australia Day in Leslie Park tomorrow.

From 8am visitors can tuck into an Aussie barbecue breakfast served by Warwick Lions Club.

Kids can have some fun with a jumping castle, bungee run, face painting and animal nursery set up for the morning.

Entertainment will be provided by Warwick City Band, Warwick Thistle Pipe Band, Jenny McDonald, Emma Bell, Warwick Choral Society, Max Jarrott, Bob Townshend, Deeny Kohler-Caporale and The Grumpies.

There will be a break in the music for the official program, with the presentation of Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony.

Entertainment and activities will resume by 11.30, and WIRAC pool will be open until 6pm to help beat the heat.

Celebrations for Stanthorpe will begin at 2pm at Weeroona Park.

Traditional attractions like woodchopping and billy boiling are just some of the unique activities for the Granite Belt celebrations.

There will be musical entertainment, food stalls, flag raising, a citizenship ceremony and of course the southern region Australia Day awards ceremony.

Southern Downs mayor Peter Blundell said Australia Day was a great time to reflect on the achievements of the community.

"Australia Day is the perfect opportunity to not only have a family day out and celebrate everything that is great about Australia, but offers the community the chance to stand together and recognise the wonderful efforts, contributions and achievements of all those nominated for an Australia Day Award," Cr Blundell said.

"We look forward to seeing many people at both celebrations and also paying tribute to our local heroes during the awards ceremonies."

Cr Blundell said other smaller communities, such as Killarney, Pratten, Allora and Glengallan, are also celebrating Australia Day in their own way and encouraged residents to support and participate in these local events.

For those wanting to get away for the day tomorrow, an Australia Day Diesel Train Trip to Nobby has been planned by the Southern Downs Steam Railway.

The train will leave the station at 10am, with lunch to be provided until 3.30pm.

Phone 4661 3530 or visit southerndownsstreamrailway.com.au for bookings.

Golfers can enjoy a day on the green with the Australia Day Golf Day, sponsored by Alexander Motel and Peppercorn Restaurant, starting at 12.30pm at Warwick Golf Club.

Non-members can join on the day for just $30 ($20 for members).

There are four $100 vouchers up for grabs and players are encouraged to dress up for the day.



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