How will you celebrate Australia Day?
Get involved and enjoy is the message from Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Tanya Milligan ahead of Australia Day celebrations later this month.
The Lockyer Valley will offer a day-long program of celebrations and entertainment on Saturday 26 January.
The Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony will be held at the Gatton Shire Hall, with doors to open at 8.30am.
Mayor Milligan said the Awards ceremony was a highlight of Australia Day.
"The Awards will be an opportunity for us to come together and pay tribute to the individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to their local community or achieved exceptional results in sporting, environment or cultural endeavours," she said.
"We invite all nominees and members of the public to join with us and recognise members of the community who step up and add value to our way of life."
The ceremony will also see the community welcome our newest citizens to the Lockyer Valley.
Alyce Stephenson is this year's Australia Day Ambassador for the Lockyer Valley.
The 28-year-old, born and bred in Ipswich, is a surgical nurse at the Ipswich Hospital by day and a competitive Olympic weightlifter by night. She competed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the 48kg division, where she lifted a personal best and placed seventh.
Alyce is passionate about sport and all things fitness. She loves a challenge, be it mental or physical, and enjoys helping others get out of their comfort zone. Her goal in life is to inspire the next generation to participate in sport and promote its benefits for mental and physical health.
"We are delighted to have Alyce join us for Australia Day and look forward to hearing about what makes her tick," Mayor Milligan said.
"I'm sure her love of fitness and how it contributes to mental and physical health will resonate with our community."
Afterwards, if you're planning on heading out and about, both the Laidley Pioneer Village and Museum and the Gatton & District Historical Society will host Australia Day celebrations. From 8am in Laidley you can embrace the true Aussie spirit with a barbecue breakfast, Aussie entertainment and activities for the youngsters. The Lockyer Antique Motor Association will have a great display of vintage cars, experienced blacksmiths will demonstrate their trade and to top it off, the Ipswich Small Engines group will have a wide variety of engines running on the day. Dig into the selection of home-made pies, including camel, kangaroo and the standard steak pie. With entertainment by local musicians Minnie Currie, Dave Parsons, John Hancock and Debbie Richards, it's sure to be a day to remember. Free entry with food and drink on sale. Donations welcome.
Activities at the Gatton & District Historical Society will run from 10am – 2pm and feature a display of vintage cars by the Lockyer Antique Motor Association, jumping castle and face painting, flag raising ceremony and the 2nd Light Horse Gatton Troop display. Local musician Lester Knopke will be there to entertain you and don't miss out on the great lunch on offer. Tuck into corned beef, local vegetables and white sauce, with fresh damper on the side for only $12.50.
For more information on Australia Day activities being held throughout the Lockyer Valley visit www.luvyalockyer.com.au or contact Council on 1300 005 872 or 5466 3426.