City-wide celebrations this Australia Day

Brisbane City Council is helping residents celebrate this Australia Day with thousands of people expected to visit pools, parks and take in a green and gold fireworks spectacular at South Bank.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said there was no better place to celebrate Australia Day than in Brisbane with lots of interesting things planned for residents and visitors to see and do.

“We live in a vibrant, New World City and our weather looks set to be perfect for residents to get outside to enjoy the wide range of events, activities and facilities across the city,” Cr Quirk said.

“If you’re looking for an affordable and easy celebration with family or friends this Australia Day a barbecue or picnic is the perfect option, with more than 2000 parks across the city and more than 1000 barbecues.

“All of Council’s 22 pools will be open for their normal opening hours on Australia Day as well as from 9am to 5pm on the Monday public holiday allowing residents to enjoy a fun-filled day by the pool over the long weekend.”

Cr Quirk said in the inner-city the Story Bridge would be lit green and gold on Australia Day and South Bank would also host a family-friendly event “Australia Day on the Green’ with live music from 1pm.

“South Bank will once again host the not-to-be-missed fireworks spectacular at 7:30pm on Saturday including, for the first time, six jet-ski performers who will launch fireworks as they perform in front of the Clem Jones promenade,” he said.

“As this is a family-focused event please leave alcoholic beverages at home as the entire parklands will be alcohol-free for the entire day with restaurants, bars and cafes open as usual.”

Cr Quirk said one of the most important parts of Saturday’s celebrations was City Hall continuing to host Queensland’s largest citizenship ceremony on Australia Day this year.

“Brisbane is a diverse community and I look forward to welcoming nearly 600 new citizens from, more than 50 countries at Brisbane City Hall’s Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony,” he said.

“As Lord Mayor I’ve also had the privilege and honour to meet and recognise some of the city’s unsung heroes who help make Brisbane an even better place for us all to live.

“The annual Lord Mayor’s Australia Day Awards recognise residents across 10 different categories including Umesh and Usha Chandra who received the Citizen of the Year Award, Robyn Everest who was recognised as Senior Citizen of the Year and Connor O’Grady whose passion for fashion led him to receive the Young Citizen of the Year Award.”

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