Queensland celebrates Australia Day II today

26 Feb 2013 2:35 PMJann Stuckey

Saturday, February 23, 2013

From Coolangatta to the Cape, Queenslanders everywhere will today fire up their barbies, dust off their cricket bats and celebrate Australia Day II.

Premier Campbell Newman will spend today raising funds for the Queensland Floods Appeal and catching up with locals at a breakfast barbecue in Ashgrove before heading to Bundaberg.

Mr Newman said Australia Day II activities across the State would focus on community spirit.

“In recent weeks we’ve seen courage, resilience, generosity and resourcefulness in the face of natural disasters, all of them the hallmarks of the Aussie spirit,” Mr Newman said.

“It’s easy to take our great lifestyle and community spirit for granted, but it’s when times are tough that we really appreciate what makes Australia – and Queensland in particular – a great place to live.

“Australia Day II gives us a chance to get out and about and celebrate what’s great about our State. I am really looking forward to spending the day with residents of Ashgrove and Bundaberg, and enjoying the local celebrations in each community.”

Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Minister Jann Stuckey said today was an opportunity to embrace all that is good about Queensland and let the world know we are open for business.

“Sam Kekovich, the face of the campaign, has put the call out to Queenslanders to adopt Australia Day II, and they have responded with gusto,” Ms Stuckey said.

“I will be joined by Sam in Brisbane to kick start the celebrations with a barbecue breakfast and we will then travel to Laidley for a street party.

“I chose to visit Laidley because I was inspired during a recent visit there by small business owners who had lost everything twice in separate floods, but were determined to fight on.

“It shows the true grit of people in Laidley, which is replicated right across Queensland.

“Many residents and businesses across the State have done it really tough due to wet weather events and we want to give them a chance to have their Australia Day celebrations again.

“We also want to let potential visitors know we are ready and waiting to welcome them and they can show their support for our State by booking a Queensland holiday.”

Ms Stuckey said many Australia Day II events would also use today as an opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of the emergency services and volunteers for their work in helping communities when they needed it most.


“Our volunteers were tasked with a massive clean-up effort following the floods and today is also about offering our thanks,” she said.

The Queensland Government established the Queensland Floods Appeal 2013 in partnership with the Australian Red Cross. To donate, visit www.redcrossorg.au (external site)( http://www.redcrossorg.au/ ) or call 1800 811 700.

[ENDS] 23 February 2013