Mackay Isaac Whitsunday to host Ambassadors and Australia Day events

Premier and Minister for the Olympic and Paralympic Games The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

Mackay Isaac Whitsunday residents will be treated to homegrown music acts and family-friendly activities as part of a stellar line-up of Australia Day events this week.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Australia Day was a time for Queenslanders to come together to reflect, respect and celebrate on Australia’s national day.

“Australia Day is an opportunity to reflect on what it means to be Australian, to celebrate our great lifestyle and to acknowledge our history,” the Premier said.

“Communities large and small are the foundation of our multicultural country, and I encourage all Queenslanders, far and wide, to come together to celebrate on our national day.

“We are all so lucky to live in Queensland, and my Government is proud to continue its work to promote our State’s wonderful diversity.”

This year, the Australia Day Ambassador Program is connecting Queensland communities with 48 proud, high-achieving Queenslanders who’ll participate in council-run events and activities across the state.

Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert encouraged locals to attend Australia Day activities.

“It’s an honour to host Ambassadors from around Australia here in the Mackay region this Australia Day,” Ms Gilbert said.

“This is an exciting day to celebrate our regions rich and diverse culture, and share in some fun events with all the family.

“We are blessed to be Queenslanders. I would love to see as many locals as possible at these events to celebrate – there really is something for everyone.”

Endangered species and veterans’ advocate Kevin Hughes BM and Paralympic Gold medalist Lakeisha Patterson OAM will be among the Australia Day Ambassadors attending events in the Mackay Isaac Whitsunday region this month.

Lakeisha Patterson OAM said she was extremely proud and honoured to be an Australia Day Ambassador for another year.

“It is always a privilege to be a part of an incredible day, sharing what we love about our country, exchanging stories, enjoying our favourite Aussie food and pastimes, whilst embracing new traditions and cultures.” Ms Patterson said.

“The day is also monumental as I love getting to celebrate the success of so many astonishing and inspiring change-makers within our country and towns, and witness citizenship ceremonies where people and families get to officially call Australia home.”

The Australia Day Ambassador Program and Australia Day program of events are proudly supported by the Palaszczuk Government in partnership with the Australian Government through the National Australia Day Council.

The Isaac Regional Council is one of several councils across the state participating in the Australia Day program of events.

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