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Brisbane turns green and gold for Australia Day

Monday, 25 January 2016

Brisbane turns green and gold for Australia Day
There’s no better place to celebrate our great country than in Brisbane, with a raft of events and activities planned across the city for Australia Day.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said preparations were in place at the city’s most popular destinations to help Brisbane residents reflect on what it means to be an Australian this January 26.

“Brisbane is the place to be this Australia Day, with a wide range of events, activities and facilities on offer to help people of all ages and interests celebrate our great country,” Cr Quirk said.

“The Story Bridge will be lit up in green and gold on Australia Day, providing a vibrant spectacle for people venturing into the city to celebrate.

“South Bank will also come alive, with a day of fun, food and fireworks planned for the parklands.

“Food festival Great Australian Bites has returned to River Quay, celebrating local produce with tasting plates and pop up stalls in place, showcasing some of South Bank’s most popular eateries, and there will be face painting on offer for the kids at the parklands as well.

“As night falls, the traditional fireworks spectacular will kick off at 7:30pm, lighting up the sky from three barges stationed in front of South Bank – set to a soundtrack of all-Australian music.”

At Brisbane’s bayside, families can cool off from the summer heat at Wynnum Esplanade Bandstand Park with free celebrations planned including entertainment, rides and a sausage sizzle. 

Cr Quirk said there was also plenty of space for residents looking to enjoy a more laid back celebration outdoors, with more than 1,000 barbeques situated at Council’s parks across the city.

“Having a barbeque or a picnic at one of the 2000 plus parks we have around Brisbane is an affordable and easy way to get together with mates to celebrate our national day,” he said.

“There’s no need to book and all barbeques are serviced on a weekly basis at the very minimum, with the most popular barbeque spots serviced on a daily basis.” 

“Council pools will also be open on the public holiday from 9am to 5pm, or residents could take to Wynnum Wading Pool, South Bank’s Streets Beach or the water play area at Rocks Riverside Park.

“Or if your inner hard-working Aussie would prefer to use the day to clean up the house, Council’s Transfer Stations will be open from 6.30am to 5.45pm and rubbish collections will still occur as normal.”
Residents attending events at the South Bank Parklands are reminded to leave alcoholic beverages at home as the Parklands will be a strictly no-alcohol zone for Australia Day.

For a full list of Council’s parks and facilities visit Council’s website at www.brisbane.qld.gov.au.

For more information about events scheduled at South Bank Parklands, visit www.visitsouthbank.com.au.

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