Gympie Australia Day celebrations Barbara, Ayla, Madelyne, Cameron, Reece and Sabre Armstrong
Gympie Australia Day celebrations Barbara, Ayla, Madelyne, Cameron, Reece and Sabre Armstrong

Australia Day in Gympie lifted morale and pride

Congratulations to the Gympie Regional Council on its staging ( with State Government support) of an excellent, family-oriented celebration of Australia Day at the Showgrounds on January 26.

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As promised, it was a festive smorgasbord of food and music ; but there was much else to be enjoyed.
There was certainly a wide variety of culinary offerings— ranging from the traditional Aussie fare of pies and fish and chips to exotic dishes from Spain, Brazil and Japan to name just a few of the more representative of the multicultural Australia of today.

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I watched with interest as Dominique Rizzo and her co-chef demonstrated Spanish barbecue cooking and extolled the taste sensations of the combination of chilli and chocolate in Spanish cuisine.Sounds a bit adventurous ,but may be worth a try in the kitchen one day.

Gympie Australia Day celebrations Scott and Nancy Beckett
Gympie Australia Day celebrations Scott and Nancy Beckett


On the music scene, several well- known popular artists and bands pumped out great songs on the Main Stage for an audience spread out comfortably on the lawn in front of the grandstand. I particularly enjoyed the lively performance of the multi- talented Emma Beau on the “backstage” near the entrance to the main pavilion.
I was embarrassed into the watermelon eating competition, but I seem to have lost form since I was a boy and I finished in the back half of the field — probably dead-heating with Mayor Hartwig. A couple of youngsters predictably took the honours.

Gympie Australia Day celebrations Meghna and Jashoda Rana
Gympie Australia Day celebrations Meghna and Jashoda Rana


It was a joy to see so many kids smiling widely into their snowcones, ice- creams and other treats.

There were rides aplenty, from camels (double bank) to the ‘chairousel’ (on which I saw a lady in pink apparently lulled into serene meditation), a giant, big-dipper slide and a pavilion jam-packed with jumping castles jam-packed with happy little jumpers.

Gympie Australia Day celebrations Esther Smerdon, Jasmine and Caleb Duthie
Gympie Australia Day celebrations Esther Smerdon, Jasmine and Caleb Duthie


But it was an occasion to celebrate family and community in the Australian way—in the outdoors. And Gympie did just that. I caught up with good friends and former neighbours not seen for quite a while. Others seemed to be enjoying similar experiences.
These events are important in their contribution to community morale and a sense of pride in our communal identity.
Congratulations and thanks again to to the Gympie Regional Council.
MervWelch, The Palms

Gympie Australia Day celebrations Mia, Jacob and Hailey Guffogg and Kachine Maan
Gympie Australia Day celebrations Mia, Jacob and Hailey Guffogg and Kachine Maan
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