Queensland gears up for Australia Day II celebrations

21 Feb 2013 4:21 PMJann Stuckey

Thursday 21 February 2013

Tens of thousands of Queenslanders and visitors will get into the Australia Day II spirit this weekend at a series of events and activities across the State.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said Australia Day II encouraged everyone to get out and about and celebrate what’s great about our State.

“Community groups, tourism operators, pubs and clubs have enthusiastically embraced the spirit of Australia Day II with events and celebrations being organised across the State,” Ms Stuckey said.

“I will join the face of the Australia Day II campaign Sam Kekovich to kick off the festivities with a breakfast barbecue at Brisbane’s Eagle Street Pier on Saturday, before we both visit the Laidley street parade.

“Australia Day II events will be celebrated the length and breadth of the State, including community barbecues and family events in Bundaberg, the Fraser Coast, Gympie and Gladstone.

“Whitsundays tourism operators are offering Aussie-themed activities, Magnetic Island is set to host a community party while Tropical North Queensland is hosting a charity auction.

“In the Outback, locals are expected to join their mates and celebrate Australia Day II by firing up their barbecues, while agricultural shows, campdrafts and rodeos will be a true-blue feature of the weekend in the Southern Queensland Country region.”

“I encourage everyone to get into the spirit of Australia Day II and support Queensland events and celebrations.

“Some of our tourism operators have done it really tough through wet weather events, so let’s get behind them and have a great weekend.”

For more information on Australia Day II visit queensland.com

[ENDS] 21 February 2013