Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

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Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

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Article excerpt

TODAY'S the day we stop, celebrate and reflect on the past, present and future of our wonderful nation.

Now the Australia Day long weekend has kicked off, here's a look at everything you can do to celebrate in style around the Gympie region.

TODAY

Australia Day celebrations and citizenship ceremony

Gympie Regional Council will host official Australia Day celebrations and a citizenship ceremony from 9am at the Gympie Civic Centre.

The celebrations will feature the presentation of the Australia Day Awards and citizenship ceremony to welcome our newest residents, followed by morning tea and music from a local artist.

This is a free community event.

FREE entry at every Gympie region pool

Council is also getting in on the Aussie Day fun by offering the community free entry to pools in the region.

These include pools at Goomeri, Kilkivan, Gympie ARC, Kandanga, Rainbow Beach and Tin Can Bay.

Activities and opening hours vary at each facility.

For opening hours of your local pool, visit https://www.gympie.qld.gov.au/ swimming-pools-public or contact your pool directly for an activity schedule.

Killy Utes and Boots

One of Kilkivan's most exciting events returns to the local showgrounds for a weekend packed with Aussie-themed fun from 8am.

Kicking off the Killy Utes and Boots program for 2019 is a "show and shine" display for all top-quality utes, wagons and trucks, followed by a host of Ute Muster events from 11am.

At 5pm the Oz Day activities are in full swing with toad races, pie eating, lamington eating, billy boiling and thong throwing contests just part of the fun.

In the grandest of finales, country rocker Lance Friend takes to the stage at 7.30pm before the event returns for another action-packed day tomorrow.

Australia Day at Aussie World

You'll have to drive a fair way down the highway for this one, but it's so worth the trip, especially if you're celebrating with your mates. …

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