Seventeen Seventy to revisit Australia Day celebrations

THE community of Seventeen Seventy will take another step on the road to recovery after the floods when it hosts a belated Australia Day celebration at Endeavour Park on Sunday, February 17.

The Australia Day Revisited and Flood Recovery Fundraiser, coordinated by Discovery Coast Tourism and Commerce's 1770 Festival Committee, replaces the planned Australia Day celebrations which were washed out by heavy rain caused by ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald.

The event will run from 8am until midday and will feature a free sausage sizzle, family games, live entertainment from Ded@27, Jack Blandford and the AWSUM Ukulele Club, and a performance of the national anthem by Sue Tickner.

Family games will include egg and spoon races, sack races and a tug-o'-war event.

The Australia Day Revisited and Flood Recovery Fundraiser event is being conducted with the assistance of Gladstone Regional Council through its Australia Day Community Events Grant program.

The event could not be moved to February 23, which has been designated as Australia Day II weekend in support for Queensland tourism, due to the Agnes Water Blues and Roots Festival being held from February 22 to 24 at the SES Grounds.

For more information phone Cheryl Wickes on 0428 452 836 or visit www.1770festival.com.au