Australia Day lineup…..but wait, there’s more!

Published on 16 January 2020

Small Australian flags on Australia Day

This year’s Australia Day celebrations in Queanbeyan-Palerang come at an opportune time for the community to reflect and pay respect to some true-blue Aussies who have given their all in this summer’s regional battles against raging bushfires.

The bushfire fighting efforts included firefighters, the Rural Fire Service, emergency control centre staff, heavy vehicle drivers who built containment lines, water tanker drivers who supplied water to firefighters, an army of support volunteers and many more. They, along with the many generous members of the community who donated time, money or goods to support fire affected residents and wildlife, all have good reason to celebrate their achievements this Australia Day.

Mayor of Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council, Councillor Tim Overall announced last week that the annual fireworks display that usually concludes Queanbeyan’s Australia Day celebrations had been cancelled for this year, with the money likely to be donated to bushfire relief. However, there is still a full range of celebrations planned in the region.

The day kicks off in Captains Flat at 10am with Australia Day awards and a morning tea at the Captains Flat Community Hall. At the same time, Bungendore celebrations start at the Bungendore Council Chambers with awards and a community BBQ. A lunchtime event in Braidwood will get under way at 12noon and will see more Australia Day awards announced before the major event in Queanbeyan starts at 4pm.

“The Queanbeyan celebrations are the culmination of a great day around our region” Mayor Overall said.

“There will be the usual announcements of citizen of the year, young citizen of the year and event of the year as well as a citizenship ceremony for more than 70 people becoming new Australian citizens.

“There’ll be amusement rides and children's entertainment during the afternoon and live music from Code Red from 6pm. Queanbeyan Park is a fantastic shady venue to bring a picnic and enjoy the community atmosphere,” Mayor Overall concluded.

But wait…..there’s more!

This year’s Australia Day ambassador for Queanbeyan-Palerang is Mr Tim Shaw. Tim is widely known for popularising the advertising catchphrase ‘but wait, there’s more’, but there’s more to Tim than just a memorable catchphrase.

Tim is an award winning Australian and international journalist, host, presenter, commentator, producer, MC and keynote speaker. He serves as a member of the federal parliamentary press gallery and a board member and director of The National Press Club of Australia.

An accomplished radio broadcaster, Tim has hosted radio programs in Australia and internationally since 1995.

Tim is a proud father of three amazing daughters who keep him in check and is also proud to be an Australia Day Ambassador for the Australia Day Council. Tim will be attending the Captains Flat and Queanbeyan awards ceremonies.

The day of celebrations in Queanbeyan-Palerang is on Sunday 26 January 2020. All are welcome at the various activities in our region.

Check www.qprc.nsw.gov.au/events for further information.