Crazy Clarks’ staff get set for Australia Day II (back) Jemma Johnston, Bec Jones and Justine Herman, and (front) Tori Stolzenberg and Kirsty Mobbs.
Crazy Clarks’ staff get set for Australia Day II (back) Jemma Johnston, Bec Jones and Justine Herman, and (front) Tori Stolzenberg and Kirsty Mobbs. Tanya Easterby

Flood Marker 13 parties this Saturday

GYMPIE is back and open for business: that's the message in a series of Flood Marker 13 community events starting tomorrow across the region.

Mayor Ron Dyne said the events had been timed to coincide with the Australia Day II promotion as a way of showcasing the region's community spirit while supporting local businesses hit by the January floods.

The series of celebrations grew from an idea developed by Mary St florist Annette Geurtz as a way of showing support for local SES and rural fire brigades that helped during recent flooding and to also support flood-hit businesses.

Flood recovery information will be provided at the events.

Barbecue events will feature gold coin donation sausage sizzles as well as fun and entertainment for the whole family. Funds raised will go towards the local SES and rural fire brigades.

In Gympie tomorrow:

  • CBD Street Party, featuring free live entertainment at the City Centre Stage from 9am-noon and a sausage sizzle from 10am-noon.
  • Australia Day II at Nelson Reserve, with free live entertainment from 3-6pm, including a jumping castle, sausage sizzle and charity auction with auctioneer Graham Engemann from 3.30-4.30pm.
  • Gympie Gold XI play the Gympie Devils in the Pink Stumps Cricket Charity match at Albert Park 6.45pm.
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