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Australia Day Celebrations Toowoomba 2016

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by Rachel Timmins (subscribe)
I am a chief writer for Weekend Notes, a copywriter, published poet and Editor of poetry magazine ‘Fruit Salad’ (on hold). I also write children's fiction and inspirational pieces.
Family fun & solemnity
Australian Flag Picnic Point
Twelve metres of Australian flag proudly flies.
Tuesday 26 January celebrates Australia Day 2016. Events will take place at Picnic Point, Tourist Road from 8:25am-1pm.

Australia Day marks the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of British ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales in 1788. The raising of the flag of Great Britain was conducted at the site by Governor Arthur Phillip.

This year, Children's' activities kick off the excitement with rides, jumping castle, big slide, rides on the red train and other activities.

The official flag raising at 8:30am will be followed by damper, tea and lamingtons. Speeches and prayers begin at 8:50am. The Toowoomba Municipal Band will create a joyful atmosphere from 9am.

Australia Day Awards will be presented, sausages will be sizzled, watermelons will be munched and laughs will be provided by The Hobson's singing group. Other line-ups are Cactoblastis Bush Band, Bollywood Belles and the Toowoomba Caledonian Pipe Band.

The Australia Day Awards presented at 9:35am, are certificates and prizes for:

Citizen of the Year Award, rewarding community service at a local level;
Aussie of the Month, an encouragement and recognition for primary school students;
Australia Day Achievement Medallions celebrate contributions to the nation by individuals or teams;
Australian of the Year Awards recognise leaders of vision who embody Australian values; and
Australia Day Honours and Order of Australia, for Australians who contributed significantly to the Australian community.

At 11:15am the Darling Downs Revue will be presented by the Darling Downs Scouts. Theatrics accompanied by live music by Cub Scouts and Girl Guides will delight the audience.

Bring an Aussie flag, wear your hat and prepare for a fun family day. For details on regional celebrations visit the website.
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Why? Family fun & patriotism.
When: 8:25am-1pm
Where: Toowoomba, Picnic Point
Cost: Free
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