THE sun was shining in Bell Park, Emu Park, on Sunday, May 31, as Livingstone Shire Council hosted a birthday bash in celebration of the state.
Livingstone Shire Mayor Bill Ludwig said Beef to Beach was the perfect way to encourage community participation and raise awareness of Queensland Week.
"Beef to Beach attracted more than 3000 people to Bell Park, providing an opportunity for all our community to celebrate what is great about our shire and the pride we have in belonging to Queensland," Cr Ludwig said.
"Council successfully applied for a grant from the Queensland Government to host this event which has provided not only another great event for locals and visitors, but also an event which provided an important exposure for local businesses, schools, tourist operators and sporting groups.
"Events that bring the public together strengthen our bond as a community and importantly provide an opportunity to build community networks and nurture a sense of place."
Councillor Nigel Hutton, who holds the council's portfolio for Youth Development and the Arts, participated in the day and supported the racers of the Race around Queensland Obstacle Course and was thrilled by the level of participation and fun everyone had running the Queensland-shaped course.
"It was a great opportunity to do something different and it really showcased how unique and creative our shire can be," Cr Hutton said.
"The event offered something for everyone and with such great community participation and support, council is now considering how we can make this an annual event."
For more information on the Beef to Beach event or future planned events, contact the council on 4913 5000 or visit livingstone.qld.gov.au and click on the What's On tab.