AUSSIE DAY: Events postponed & going ahead

Bush poets Bruce Webb and Bill Andress at the Nanango Australia Day event in 2021. Picture: FILE

The majority of the Australia Day events across the South and North Burnett have been cancelled or postponed.

There are several events still going ahead at local pubs and different community groups, however all council run events have been postponed.

South Burnett Regional Council have postponed their Australia Day Awards Ceremony which was due to be held on Sunday, 23 January at Blackbutt.

The council stated that with community safety being their primary concern they had made the difficult decision to postpone.

Alternative arrangements are being investigated for the announcement of the awards via video and further information will be provided as soon as possible.

On Australia Day, the North Burnett Regional Council had planned six individual Australia Day events and awards ceremony across the region.

Unfortunately, Council has made the difficult decision to postpone the Australia Day events scheduled across the region on Wednesday, 26 January 2022.

This decision was made after completing an extensive risk assessment.

“Unfortunately, due to the current covid-19 outbreak, the risk community members, award recipients, and Council Staff, is too great,” Acting Mayor Robbie Radel said.

“Many, many hours of planning go into creating and hosting six individual Australia Day events throughout our region, and it is disappointing to have to call these events off, but we believe it is the right call for the current situation.”

North Burnett Regional Council will review options to reschedule Award Ceremonies for participants over the coming weeks.

EVENTS THAT ARE GOING AHEAD INCLUDE:

Celebrate in style at the Burnett Hotel

Gayndah’s Burnett Hotel will hold its own Australia Day celebrations on 26 January, complete with live music, fun competitions and raffles. The free event will kick off at 10am, with music by Paul Ricketts from noon to 4pm.

Mundubbera’s pub goes green and gold

The Mundubbera Hotel invites patrons to its Australia Day celebrations, with live music starting at noon. The family-friendly event will feature a BBQ, raffles, prizes and games.

The Commo’s first-ever bash

The new custodians at Biggenden’s Commercial Hotel are proud to host their first-ever Australia Day event this coming Wednesday. The Hotel promises cold Australian drinks on tap, live music from 3pm, a BBQ fundraiser with proceeds going to a local kindergarten, games and more.

Australia Day in Hivesville’s Park

Head along to Hivesville Memorial Park for the flag raising and awards ceremony at Hivesville at 7am on Wednesday, 26 January. This will be followed by breakfast. RSVP to hivesvillePA@outlook.com by 22 January for catering purposes.

Hivesville’s hot event

The Hivesville Hotel will also join in on the Australia Day fun on 26 January, hosting a free event at the iconic pub. On the bill are yabby races, live music from 2pm, meat raffles and family fun, all with free camping.

Join Proston Scouts for damper

Proston Scout group have invited the community to join in their Australia Day Celebrations. They will hold an awards ceremony at the Proston Scout Den, followed by damper with butter and golden syrup for afternoon tea. The event will run from 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

Dress up at the Compub

Get into the Aussie spirit with a dress-up themed afternoon at the Commercial Hotel Kingaroy. The theme, you ask? Bogans, of course! Don your filthiest mullets and finest pair of pluggers because there will be prizes for the best-dressed bogan. There’ll be lunch specials from the BBQ smoker and a ring burner pie challenge for all those who dare. If that’s not enough, there’ll also be live music from 1pm so don’t miss out on all the fun. Round up the crew and join us at the Compub this Australia Day. The event will run from 12noon until 9pm.

Cracker day at Yarraman

Head along to the Royal Hotel Yarraman for a free family fun day from 12noon until 5pm on Wednesday, 26 January. There will be a DJ live out the back of the hotel, a free courtesy bus, free pool, sausage sizzle and barbeque lunch for purchase. A pie eating contest, thanks to the Yarraman Bakery, will kick off at 1pm followed by toad races at 2.30pm. The Aussie fun will continue with yabby races at 3.30pm and a joke competition at 4pm. The auction of the toads and yabbys will be at 2pm with all proceeds going to a charity.

Meat pies and water slides at the ‘Carra’

The whole family are invited to celebrate Australia Day at the Carrollee Hotel in Kingaroy on 26 January. There will be live music from noon with Tucker & Chop, a water slide, face painting, hair braiding and BBQ snags and steaks for lunch. For those keen for an Aussie challenge, a meat pie eating competition will be held at 2.30pm.

Fun filled day out at Proston

Proston’s Golden Spurs Hotel will be hosting an Aussie day out on Saturday, 29 January. The fun will kick off at 11am with a jumping castle, water play, face painting and more Aussie activities. There will be snags on bread from 11.30am until late, post ripping at 2pm and 4pm and a live band playing from 4pm until 8pm. Come dressed in your best Aussie outfit to complete the fun.