21 January, 2021
Habana Community Set for Fun and Games on Australia Day
Australia Day is around the corner and many residents across the Mackay region are looking forward to celebrating the nation’s birthday.
Habana and Districts Progress Association secretary Palmina Rae said the organisation had big plans for this years Australia Day celebrations.
Now in its fifth year, the celebrations are set to draw in people from Walkerston to the Northern Beaches.
“We get a giant inflatable water slide that the kids can go rank on,” Mrs Rae said.
“We get Mackay Earthworks to bring in a truckload of sand and we dump it in the middle of the community grounds.
“The kids can pretend they’re at the beach and we do sandcastle competitions and volleyball.
“We also do all those normal Australia Day fun things like a thong throwing competition.”
She said the event starts at 3pm and finishes at 7pm, giving attendees plenty of time to setup a chair underneath the trees and kick their feet up to relax.
“It’s a BYO picnic kind of setup under the mango trees and grass is very green at the moment,” she said.
“We also buy in some Byrne’s Pies, so if anyone wants to purchase a pie and mushy pea, it’s available for you.”
She said most of the funding for the event came from a Mackay Regional Council grant the association applied for.
She added the money had the condition it was to be used for an Australia Day event.
“The Mackay Regional Council, rather than putting on one big Australia Day event on Australia Day, they split up the money and give it to different groups,” she said.
“Community members can chose what they want to do for Australia Day and find an event that’s closer to them.”
She said the associations used the grant plus some of their own money to setup the event for the Habana community to enjoy.