Hayden Watts flaunts his Aussie Akubra, with Neville Taylor.
Hayden Watts flaunts his Aussie Akubra, with Neville Taylor. Georja Ryan

Australia Day a huge success

THE Aussie spirit was turned up full bore yesterday as the people of Killarney gathered at the Pat Bush Bicentennial Park to celebrate Australia Day.

There was entertainment, a talent show and an awards ceremony followed by the Killarney Show's cattle brand auction.

The Killarney Lions Club was at the helm of the event and president John Towells said he was thrilled with the day's proceedings.

"It was a gamble with the weather, but we decided to stay outside and we're glad we did - these things just aren't the same indoors," Mr Towells said.

Member for the Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg made a special appearance and presented award winners with their certificates alongside Southern Downs Regional Councillor Ross Bartley.

Mr Springborg said it was a day to recognise those who deserved it.

"It's a fantastic tribute to the Lions Club and it's about recognising the outstanding members of the Killarney community and they excel in so many ways," Mr Springborg said.

He said it was the Australian culture that made January 26 such a significant day. "Australian culture is so much personified by community participation and mateship and this is a chance to bond and celebrate that."

Nathan Brown took out the Junior Sports Award and Bryce Lamb received Junior Citizen of the Year.

Trevor Gordon was named Senior Sportsperson of the Year and Louise Brosnan accepted the Community Event award for the Killarney memorial of aged care.

Sonya Carr took out Citizen of the Year for her involvement in a vast range of community projects.

Revellers enjoyed freshly cooked damper and billy tea among a day of celebrations.


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