Pledge to become Aussies nears
THREE North Burnett region residents will soon be able to officially call the area home when they make their pledge to become citizens of the country on Australia Day this year.
Mayor Joy Jensen said the citizenship ceremony would be held in Biggenden, but each of the North Burnett towns would hold its own Australia Day celebrations.
"Biggenden is our main town for the year, which is great," she said.
Cr Jensen said the region's Australia Day ambassador, Lars Olsen, who has set up an orphanage in Nepal, would be attending.
"Lars is coming to Biggenden and will certainly be an inspiration," she said.
Gayndah, Mundubbera and Mt Perry Australia Day events will be held in each of the towns' respective memorial parks, and get under way with a hot breakfast at 7.30am, followed by awards presentation at 8.30am.
"Monto is having its (celebration) at Cania Dam, which is wonderful," Cr Jensen said.
"It will be a spectacular show because the dam is now full."
Eidsvold residents will rise and shine a little earlier, with breakfast being served at Apex Park at 7am.
"We're all out in the open this year and will celebrate in great Australian style," the Mayor said.
Cr Jensen said residents of the North Burnett came together each Australia Day, with good attendance at each of the events.
"We really do get a big roll-up," she said.
"I've been to all of the towns for Australia Day and am just astounded at the numbers that come out to celebrate."
She said the citizenship ceremonies were always a special part of January 26.
"It just gives the day more significance, (for people) to make that pledge on Australia Day," she said.