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Celebrate Australia Day with your mates across the Fraser Coast

10 January, 2019

There are a host of free family activities being held right across the Fraser Coast to celebrate Australia Day, on Saturday, January 26.

Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said historical demonstrations, vintage car displays, community barbecues and sack races were among the activities planned in the region.

“To ensure as many communities as possible can participate in Australia Day activities, Council has provided community grants to groups at Tiaro, Poona, Toogoom, Maryborough and Hervey Bay for celebrations,” he said.

“The community celebrations are on top of the Council-Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony at the Brolga Theatre, which this year is being held in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Maryborough - Sunrise.

“The Brolga activities start with a free community breakfast-on-the-lawn cooked by Rotarians from 7am; tradition Indigenous and English games on the lawn from 8.15am; the Citizenship Ceremony at 8.30am followed by the presentation of the Fraser Coast Australia Day Awards.

“Everyone from across the Fraser Coast is invited. 

“There is no better way to celebrate Australia Day than singing the national anthem with our newest citizens and congratulating the volunteers for their efforts in ensuring that the Fraser Coast is such a vibrant and caring community.”

Those looking for more hands-on activities can head to the Australia Day in the Village at the Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum, Zephyr Street from 9am to 4.30pm.

Watch our history come alive through demonstrations of by-gone trades and daily chores being carried out and experience village life through the many historical displays. 

Demonstrations include whip and rope making, corn shelling, spinners and weavers, sheep shearing and free rides on tractors and a 1903 Oldsmobile.

Visitors will also be able to take part in old-time games on the village green.

Fraser Coast Community Meals on Wheels is organising Australia Day in Scarness Park with games (including prizes), live entertainment and displays of historic machinery and vintage motorbikes, market stalls, food and drinks from 7am to 3pm.

The Toogoom and District Community Association celebration starts at 11.30am at the Toogoom Hall with a flag raising ceremony.

During the afternoon there will be displays of vintage car and party games, finishing with a game of trivia. 

Down the Sandy Strait at Poona, a free barbecue lunch, cricket, tennis, basketball and other sports activities start from 9am (prizes for games winners).

The Lions Club of Tiaro and District Australia Day Celebrations include traditional games for all ages such as sack races at the Tiaro Rec Grounds in Inman Road from 10am to 5pm. Games also include 7-a-side cricket and beach volleyball. 

Prizes will be given to each participating child. Food and drink will be available.

At River Heads the hall is the place to be for lunch. Activities start at 11.30am and include a flag raising followed by an afternoon of great Aussie barbecue, music, Oz trivia, bush poetry, a thong throwing competition and much more.  Food and drinks will be available.

Up the coast at Burrum Heads, Australia Day starts with a community breakfast at 7am at the Burrum Heads Hall (gold coin donation) followed by the raising of the Australian flag at 8am. Finish the morning with a chat over a cup of tea or coffee in the hall.