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Free Australia Day Family Fun Day to offer cool water play activities

Swimmers, towels, thongs, sunscreen, hats and sun-safe shirts will be the popular attire for Gladstone Regional Council’s 2018 Australia Day Family Fun Day.

Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said planning was under way for the Friday, January 26 community celebration with the event to be held at Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens.    

“All residents are invited to take part in our free Australia Day Family Fun Day from 8am to noon with water play to be a major feature of our 2018 celebrations,” Councillor Burnett said. 

“Council’s major Australia Day celebration alternates annually between Tannum Sands and Gladstone with this year’s event set to be a ‘cool’ celebration amid the beauty of Council’s own gardens.”

Cr Burnett said previous Australia Day celebrations in Gladstone had been held near the Gladstone Marina but Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens would take centre stage in 2018 to incorporate water play elements. 

“Adding some fun water play components to our Australia Day celebrations will enable residents to stay cool and comfortable during our traditionally hot summer weather,” he said. 

Various water play and children’s activities will be on offer during the morning celebrations including a giant slip and slide, inflatable games, water slides and a pirate ship, basketball, baseball and darts. 

In addition, there will be live music, bush poetry, a celebrity barbecue cook-off, a flag raising ceremony and more. 

“Residents are urged to take along water bottles and a chair or a picnic blanket with 1000 free sausages available and cash only food vendors operating,” Cr Burnett said. 

Car parking will be available in the LNG car park alongside Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens with parking also available in the Meteors Sports Club grounds for a gold coin donation. 

“This is an event for residents of all ages to celebrate as a community and enjoy the Australia Day atmosphere in the relaxing surrounds of our Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens,” Cr Burnett said. 

“Council-supported regional Australia Day events will also be held at various townships across the Gladstone Region.” 

Details about regional events will be listed on Council’s website in coming weeks.

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