Robbie and Gus Flint celebrating at last year’s Australia Day events.
Robbie and Gus Flint celebrating at last year’s Australia Day events.

Time to ignite the BBQ

AUSTRALIA Day in Warwick is set to be a cracker yet again this year, with family fun, food and fireworks on the agenda.

Victoria Park will be the destination for the celebration this year, after floods forced the event being relocated.

Warwick Tourism and Events CEO Tracy Vellacott, said the expansive park was a huge success and it was decided to keep the event at the spot.

"Out of a negative last year came a positive because we had to move to Victoria Park," she said.

"But it was a great fit and it is a park that's not often utilised a lot.

"We had a lot of great feedback and people said they would like to see it back in Victoria Park so we thought we would take that on board."

There will be a free jumping castle for the kids, a giant slide, animal farm and face painting.

A bevy of talented local performers, including the Warwick Pipe and Thistle Band, Erin Hilton and Melissa Williams will entertain the crowds with all-Australian music from ballads to Aussie rock.

Arguably the most important part of the day will be the official ceremony including the welcoming of new citizens and the presentation of Warwick's eight Australia Day Awards.

They are citizen of the year, junior citizen of the year, community event of the year, cultural, junior cultural, sports, junior sports and sports administrator.

Festivities will begin at around 4pm and fireworks will begin at around 7.45pm.

Mrs Vellacott said the event would conclude with the fireworks display, allowing for families to get home at a reasonable hour in preparation for school the next day.

Southern Downs Mayor Ron Bellingham urged all people to get out and take advantage of the great activities on offer.

"There's no reason for residents not to get out in their communities to share some fun and their national pride," he said.

"This is the day to reflect on what we have achieved, what we can be proud of and a day for us to commit to making Australia an even better place ."


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