Things to do for Australia Day

LOCALS are ready to celebrate Australia Day in style with plenty on offer around the Childers region.

Kicking things off on the eve of Australia Day will be the much-loved Paragon Theatre with local musician Matthew Barker and a classic Australian film.

Barker will entertain the crowd from 6pm with some familiar Aussie tunes before the theatre screens The Castle at 8pm.

The comedy tells the story of a Melbourne family fighting to stay in their home after the government plans to expand the nearby airport.

Barker performed with original bands on the east coast of Australia for about a decade before forming his own band The Buckseats and the night will feature a mix of classic songs by Australian musicians and his own work.

The theatre has organised for a bus service from Bundaberg and Bargara for those wishing to attend at $10 per person.

Apple Tree Creek Hotel co-manager Kelly Hayden said one of Sunshine Coast's favourite bands The Whiskey Mountain Boys would be participating in its Australia Day festivities fresh from the Tamworth Festival.

"We have an all day cricket match, mechanical bull, jumping castle and markets," she said.

"The local cafe called Localicious will be turning into the Localicious Banger Barn for the day providing sausage sizzles, coffee and lamingtons.

"We are hoping for a fun day out."

Meanwhile there will be a breakfast, ceremony and awards to be presented at the Cultural Centre.

The awards will cover sportsperson of the year (junior and senior), quiet achiever (junior and senior) and community event.

Organiser Donna Duncan said there would be live music and entertainment for all ages, including a jumping castle for the kids.

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