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Mayor urges locals to stay in town for Australia Day

A Western Queensland Mayor is urging his community to celebrate at home this Australia Day, rather than go away for the long weekend.

Longreach Regional Council Mayor, Cr Ed Warren, says he wants residents to stay and celebrate the outback lifestyle at one of three Australia Day events being held in the region.

“It’s tempting to go away on a long weekend like this, but I think Australia Day should be celebrated where we live” he explained. “There’s a lot of differing opinions about the significance of the day, but one thing I think we can all agree on is that we enjoy a lifestyle in our region that is second to none.”

“We should celebrate that lifestyle within our community with family and friends – if nothing else, Australia Day gives us an opportunity to do that.”

He says residents in the region have some great events to choose from on the day.

“Isisford have a free Australia Day breakfast each year that brings the entire community together at the sports centre. They enjoy bowls, basketball, there’s a skate park for the kids – it’s a great way to start the day.

“In Longreach we’ll be holding a citizenship ceremony, followed by a food and music festival at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame. This is the second time we’ve hosted the Great Australian Bites festival and I think it’s a great recognition of our place in Queensland.

“Ilfracombe are having their T20 cricket match, cockies versus townies, at the rec centre as usual. It’s a great way to see out Australia Day, under lights at the Wayne Taylor Oval.”

The region will host two Australia Day ambassadors this year; Social Entrepreneur Taj Pabari and Rescue Movement founder Jordyn Archer. The ambassadors will deliver an Australia Day Address and present the region’s Australia Day awards.

Cr Warren said the awards are about acknowledging outstanding achievements within each community.

“At each event we’ll be presenting our Australia Day Awards, recognising outstanding individuals and groups who have achieved great things for the community.

“These award winners are nominated by locals and I think it’s really fitting that they’re presented at these community events – where everyone can celebrate with them.”

For more information about Australia Day celebrations in the region contact Council on (07) 4658 4111.