Laidley honours special birthday

LAIDLEY residents got into the full swing of Q150 celebrations last week with volunteer Ron Primrose-Chiddy and Blue Care Lockyer lending a hand.

Ron was on hand to help celebrate Queensland's 150th birthday and raise much needed funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service on Patrick Street last Friday.

Meanwhile, Blue Care Lockyer respite service had a relaxed morning tea with entertainment from local artists and nick-knacks for sale with all profits being donated to the organisation.

There was a cake cutting ceremony before lunch kicked off with a number of Blue Care clients, members and volunteers attending.

Service Manager of Blue Care Lockyer, Jan Morrissey thanked everyone for attending the celebrations at the Laidley Lutheran Church Hall on Friday with morning tea and a sausage sizzle.

“It's hard to find a way to say thank you to everyone who put in so much work,” Jan said.

“Blue Care is an organisation that provides care to the aged as well as young disabled people.”

Jan added that if anyone would like to become involved with Blue Care, either as a member or through volunteer work, they could contact her or Elaine Horrocks directly on 5462 1834.

Blue Care's oldest client, Alice Miers, was present to help with the launch of the helium balloons.

Premier Anna Bligh said the celebrations were a great chance for everyone to feel good and be proud about being a Queenslander.

“We have come a long way since being declared a State in our own right by Queen Victoria in 1859, from being a location in the antipodes deemed fit for convicts to becoming one of the world's most popular holiday destinations,” Premier Bligh said adding that Queensland has become one of Australia's fastest growing economies.

“This celebration is not confined to metropolitan Queensland.

“It's a celebration for everyone throughout the State, for people in the city, the regions and the bush.”

Today, Queensland's population has grown to 4.2 million and equates for about 20 per cent of the national population total.

For more information on Queensland's history and to find your nearest Q150 celebration visit www.q150.qld.gov.au.


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