Whats On

Lockyer and Somerset gear up for Australia Day

Jason Amit salutes in his Light Horse uniform at Laidley's Pioneer Village Australia Day celebrations in 2014. The Light Horse will be back again this year.
Jason Amit salutes in his Light Horse uniform at Laidley's Pioneer Village Australia Day celebrations in 2014. The Light Horse will be back again this year. Derek Barry

AUSTRALIA Day is here again on Monday and there are plenty of activities across the region for people wanting to get involved.

Laidley is home to Lockyer Valley's Australia Day celebrations this year, and the gates at the Pioneer Village will open from 7am.

A full barbecue breakfast will be available, and there will be entertainers and a flag-raising ceremony involving the Light Horse Troop about 9am.

A blacksmith will perform horseshoeing demonstrations, and members of the Ipswich Small Engines group will have a wide variety of engines operating and will be happy to chat with you and answer any questions.

Come in and look at all the historical displays and buildings open from 7am-3pm. Entry is free on the day.

At 10am, the action moves on to the Laidley Cultural Centre for a barbie and backyard cricket.

There will be an array of market stalls, entertainment, children's activities and more from 10am-2pm.

The Australia Day Awards will be held from 10am-noon as the Lockyer pays tribute to individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to their local community and/or achieved exceptional results in sporting, environment or cultural endeavours.

Bring the family along to find out which citizens will be honoured for their community contributions in the fields of sport, environment and culture, and who will be the Lockyer Valley Citizen of the Year.

Outside in the park there will be market stalls, entertainment, children's activities and much more to keep the entire family entertained.

There will be plenty for the children, such as face painting, scouting activities, stage entertainment, cupcake icing and more.

Parents can relax and enjoy the fRETfEST showcase featuring young singer-songwriters in an acoustic format on stage from 10am. Then Farmer Rob will keep the kids entertained at noon and 1pm.

Local group Hip Twitch School of Global Grooves will entertain you in the breaks and run workshops on belly dance techniques.

Over in Somerset, the fun will be centred around the council area's four swimming pools with Lowood, Kilcoy, Esk and Toogoolawah pools to provide a range of activities and family fun from 10am to 5pm on Monday.

As well as free entertainment and activities at each of the region's pools, Council is hosting a free Australia Day breakfast for residents at the Somerset Civic Centre at Esk.

Residents are invited to attend the Australia Day Awards Ceremony at the Somerset Civic Centre at 10am.

Topics:  australia day, brisbane valley, laidley, lockyer valley


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Faith college fair full of fun

Year 7 FLC students Jayden, Kalani and Clarissa.

Fairly good turn out at Faith

Big crowd visits Gatton's over-50s expo

Dale Ann Dowden, 70, of Gatton enjoying the over 50s Lifestyle Expo.

Seniors learn about Valley's services

Leading the way on multiculturalism

HONOUR: Regina Samykau-Vuthapanich collects her award for Services and Communities individual of the year during the 2016 Queensland Multicultural Awards.

Lockyer Valley local wins at the Queensland Multicultural Awards.

Latest deals and offers

Peace Playgroup celebrates decade

Party hats were strapped on and the candles blown out for Peace Playgroup's 10th birthday last week.

Faith college fair full of fun

Year 7 FLC students Jayden, Kalani and Clarissa.

Fairly good turn out at Faith

Big crowd visits Gatton's over-50s expo

Dale Ann Dowden, 70, of Gatton enjoying the over 50s Lifestyle Expo.

Seniors learn about Valley's services

Leading the way on multiculturalism

HONOUR: Regina Samykau-Vuthapanich collects her award for Services and Communities individual of the year during the 2016 Queensland Multicultural Awards.

Lockyer Valley local wins at the Queensland Multicultural Awards.

Horse archery challenge grows in popularity

BULLSEYE: Tania Ross  competes in the   Outback Equines Spring Horse Archery Tournament.

Horse Archery becoming more popular.

New Gatton motel to open December

ON TRACK: Carpenters Izac Browning and Gavin Mead work hard with the team so Gatton's new hotel can open in December.

New motel to open at the end of year.

Patti Smith confirmed for Bluesfest 2017

CONFIRMED: US singer Patti Smith performing in Switzerland last year.

Find out who else in the first line up announcement

Doco reveals real story behind Black Hawk Down

Former Black Hawk pilot Mike Durant shares his story, which helped to inspire the movie Black Hawk Down, in the TV series No Man Left Behind.

FORMER pilot recounts ordeal which inspired a Hollywood movie.

What's on the big screen this week

Toby Kebbell and Jack Huston in a scene from the movie Ben-Hur.

AN OLD classic returns to the big screen with a new young star.

Bachelor Richie gives bacon-loving Noni the boot

Noni Janur features on this season of The Bachelor.

TOOWOOMBA swimwear designer still single but focusing on her career.

Zumbo's Just Desserts serves up magical dishes

Gigi Falanga, left, joins hosts Adriano Zumbo and Rachel Khoo on the TV series Zumbo's Just Desserts.

ADRIANO Zumbo’s decadent creations have become prime-time viewing.

Sir Cliff Richard feels 'best' after sex abuse allegations

Sir Cliff Richard is 'back' to his best after sex abuse claims

Blac Chyna sued after car injured 2 women

Blac Chyna is being sued after her friend crashed into another car

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Coast building approvals at seven-year high: report

The the 2015/16 Development Indicators Annual Highlights Report documents local development activity that took place during the last financial year.

New report shows increasing development on the Sunshine Coast

Top honours for Mackay and Whitsunday builders

The Kerrisdale Gardens property from Paynter Dixon Queensland which won them Project of the Year.

Mackay and Whitsunday builders awarded top honours last night.

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.