Australia Day - 7 yr old Noah Rodricks from Hervey Bay lines up a shot in the thong throwing contest at the Hervey Bay Museum. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Australia Day - 7 yr old Noah Rodricks from Hervey Bay lines up a shot in the thong throwing contest at the Hervey Bay Museum. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle Alistair Brightman

What a way to spend the day celebrating your country

THE Fraser Coast Regional Council has invested more than $8,000 in sponsorship for Australia Day events across the Fraser Coast region.

The activities range from cricket competitions and sausage sizzles to family games and bush poetry.

An official Citizenship Ceremony and Australia Day Awards presentation will be hosted by the council from 9am at the Hervey Bay Community Centre on January 26, 2016.

Meals on Wheels Fraser Community is hosting a Family Fun Day at Scarness Park from 8am to 3.30pm which will include a concert with local performers and entertainers, children's games, Aussie grub and an Australian-themed costume competition for kids.

The Lions Club of Tiaro and District is hosting a Family Fun Day at the Bauple Recreation Grounds.

Their annual cricket competition will start from 9am followed by a flag-raising ceremony at 11am.

There will also be food, drinks, prizes and giveaways for children.

A flag raising ceremony will be hosted by the Burrum District Community Centre Association from at the Burrum District Community Centre followed by a free morning tea.

The Maryborough Aboriginal Corporation for Housing and Cultural Development (MAC Housing) is hosting a presentation to celebrate Birth Registration for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a barbecue lunch to follow.

Traditional games (including thong throwing, tug of war and a log-sawing competition) will be held at the Hervey Bay Historical Society Museum from 9.30am.

There will also be live entertainment, demonstrations, Yengarie alpacas, animals from the Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary as well as free tractor rides for children.

At River Heads, the Progress Association will host a cricket match from 8am at the River Heads Reserve.

A flag raising ceremony, bush poetry, an Aussie barbecue, trivia and entertainment will be held at the River Heads Community Hall from 12.30pm.

A flag raising ceremony will be staged at 11.30am by the Toogoom and District Community Asssociation followed by lunch with jazz at the Toogoom Community Hall.

The Rotary Club of Maryborough Sunrise will hold a free community breakfast from 7am followed by Australiana games in Queens Park.

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