OI OI OI: Banana Shire Aussie Day celebrations
THE Banana Shire community will congregate to Theodore this Australia Day for the Banana Shire Council’s Australia Day ceremony.
Rotated between the towns each year, Australia Day provides a unique opportunity for each community and its residents to celebrate being Australian and to help promote their own communities.
Jess Stevens from the Theodore Chamber of Commerce said the Chamber of Commerce has a whole list of events lined up to entertain the whole family during and after the ceremony.
“We’ll have an obstacle course set up by our local doctor,” Ms Stevens said.
“Theodore Community Link will run trivia with some prizes.
“Kids games, jumping castles, train rides and music into the night by Joseph Maloney.”
Banana Shire Council Mayor Nev Ferrier said you can’t undermine the importance of Australia Day for the community.
“It is important for rural and regional communities to regularly come together, for people to take time away from work and to interact with each other,” Mr Ferrier said.
“It is even more important during tough times, like this drought, as it helps take people’s mind of the struggles they are enduring and allows them to reconnect with friends and meet new people.”
Ms Stevens is hopeful that her community will come out in force to celebrate.
“Most of Theodore will be there hopefully,” Ms Stevens said.
“I’m hopeful there’s some excitement around Theodore based on the idea of it all.
“I know from the Chamber’s perspective, we have worked with other non-for-profit groups to share money around the town and talk advantage of the fundraising opportunity that Australia Day can provide.”
The annual Australia Day Awards will be handed out with people nominated in a number of categories including Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.
“I am always blown away by the level of commitment many volunteers make to their communities,” Mr Ferrier said.
“Our communities cannot do without the time and energy donated by volunteers – it is their contributions that help make our communities the family-friendly, wonderful places to live, work and play-in that they are.
“The ceremony is a terrific way to thank the many people who make invaluable contributions to our communities.
“However the Australia Day festivities are more than just that, they are also an opportunity to celebrate the wonderful country that we share with people from all walks of life, the freedoms we are blessed with and the amazing lifestyle we are fortunate enough to live.”
There will also be a licensed bar, markets, barbecue dinner and more operating on the day.
Gates open at the Theodore Showgrounds at 2pm with the official ceremony underway at 2.30pm.
Entry is a gold coin.