Australia Day Funding Up for Grabs

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Kelli Downey

Reporter

kelli.downey@gladstoneobserver.com.au

SOME cold, hard cash is up for grabs for those looking to celebrate this great nation of ours on Australia Day 2012.

Gladstone Regional Council is hoping to extend the Australia Day spirit by launching an initiative enabling smaller townships within the region to host an Australia Day event of their own.

These smaller community events will run alongside of council's annual Australia Day Family Fun Day hosted on January 26 each year to celebrate just what makes being an Aussie great.

Alternating between the region's Gladstone Marina and Millennium Esplanade at Tannum Sands, the Australia Day Family Fun Day highlights all the things we love about Australia and everything we, as a nation, have achieved through time.

To extend this Australia Day spirit in 2012, Gladstone Regional Council's Australia Day 2012 Community Events Grants is offering $5000, to be shared between communities that demonstrate a willingness and ability to connect their residents by planning and staging an Australia Day event.

Mayor Gail Sellers said the grant pool would allow smaller communities to pursue funds to seed an event within their township. …