Australia Day to be celebrated across the region

Published on 11 January 2019

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Communities from across the Rockhampton Region are making plans to celebrate Australia Day, with Gracemere planning to give a special thank you to our firies.

Mount Morgan Rotary Club and the Bouldercombe Progress Association will also be hosting events.

Mayor Margaret Strelow said there would be an opportunity for Gracemere residents to add a personal touch to the local Rural Fire Service’s new marquee, which is a gift from Council and the community.

“Those bushfires were one of the greatest threats we have ever faced. I cannot thank firefighters enough for working around the clock to control those fires, and ultimately saving our community from catastrophe,” Mayor Strelow said.

“As a small token of our appreciation we will be giving the Gracemere Rural Fire Service a new marquee, and we would love residents to add their messages of support and thanks.”

The marquee and writing materials will be available at the event, along with a sausage sizzle and a horn blowing competition.

Mayor Strelow said residents will be able to spend their whole Australia Day enjoying free events right across our region.

“We are seeing more and more events happening across our vibrant region, and Australia Day is no different. I’m delighted that Council was able to support every organisation that applied for funds from our Australia Day Grant Program, with nearly $6,000 being awarded.

“That means well as the Gracemere Men’s Shed event at Cedric Archer Park, there will be a family fun day at Mount Morgan with a BBQ, ice cream, face painting and rides, and a community gathering featuring classic Aussie sports in Bajool.

“My advice is to enjoy these events in the morning, head to Kershaw Gardens from 3pm for Great Australian Bites and our Australia Day Awards, try out some Aussie sports in Bajool, and finish off your weekend at the Heritage Village Markets on Sunday.

“What a perfect way to celebrate the Australia Day weekend!”


Gracemere Event

Hosted by Gracemere Men’s Shed

8am-11am at Cedric Archer Park


Enjoy a splash in the water park and a free sausage sizzle thanks to the Gracemere Men’s Shed. Coffee van, horn blowing competition and relaxed family fun. Come along and be sure to say thanks to the Rural Fire Service by adding your name and well wishes to their new marquee – a gift from Council and the community.


Mt Morgan Event

Hosted by the Mount Morgan Rotary Club

9am-1pm at the Big Dam


Fun filled event with family activities including free BBQ, ice-cream, lamingtons, bread and vegemite and more. Rides, facepainting and entertainment for kids. Cool off in the dam with a swim and enjoy the event.


Bouldercombe Event

Hosted by the Bouldercombe Progress Association

Bouldercombe Recreation Complex from 4pm


A community gathering with free BBQ and soft drinks, fun and entertainment for all ages. Get involved in the classic Aussie sports of thong-throwing, tug-of-war, sack races and more.


Great Australian Bites featuring Australia Day Awards

3pm to 8pm at Kershaw Gardens


Great Australian Bites is an event that celebrates, showcases and promotes Queensland produce and local culinary and musical talent in honour of Australia Day with local restaurant pop-up stalls serving bite-sized tasting plates, and live entertainment from local musicians. Find out more here


Heritage Village Markets - Australia Day weekend

Sunday, 27 January 2019

8am – 1.30pm

$2 entry, under 14s free.

Come and enjoy the Heritage Village Markets on the Australia Day weekend, Sunday 27 January 2019. Set in the unique atmosphere of the Heritage Village, there’s a huge variety of stalls, farm animals for the kids and rides for all ages. (Enclosed shoes must be worn on the rides.) Find out more here