Dysart to host their big party

DYSART: Dysart will be a party town today as the community celebrates its links to the coal industry.

Among the highlights of the annual Big Birthday Bash will be free concerts by singers Jessica Mauboy and Hunters and Collectors frontman Mark Seymour.

Peter Sharpe, general manager of BMA Saraji Mine, said this year's bash coincided with a number of significant milestones: the 35th birthday of Saraji Mine, 30th anniversary of the nearby BMA Norwich Park Mine and Queensland's 150th birthday.

The bash would be a fun day out for the whole family with live performances, street parade, rides for children, a Madagascar Show for the kids, exhibitions, prizes and giveaways.

Organisers estimate the crowds in Centenary Park, Dysart could be up to 4000 to see former Australian Idol contestant Jessica, who has released huge-selling albums.

She was also a member of the multi-platinum girl group Young Divas.

Entry is by gold coin donation, with proceeds donated to the RACQ CQ Rescue Helicopter service.

Gus Gomes, general manager of Norwich Park, said the event would start with a community street parade through Dysart.

“More than 20 businesses, groups and clubs will be taking part,” he said.

“I'm impressed to see much community support for the event. It's shaping up to be a great day,” he said.

Money raised on the day would be matched through the BHP Billiton Matched Giving Program.

There will also be a skate competition, with professionals running coaching clinics.



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