Thousands join in the Queensland Day celebrations

THOUSANDS gathered at Jubilee Park to celebrate Queensland Day and welcome 12 Australian citizens who made their pledge on the weekend into the Scenic Rim community.

Guests enjoyed visiting about 40 stalls and viewing the entertainment by Beaudesert High School’s String Sensations, concert band and stage band as well as watching the Irish dancing group Friends of Forbici, local singers and Gold Coast Conservatorium of Music students perform.

Children had fun playing tennis, trying their hand at a basketball shoot out and having their faces painted.

Community groups, including Little Athletics and Beaudesert Scouts, held activities and emergency services displayed their equipment like fire trucks and a rescue boat.

The Queensland Day celebrations were a partnership between Council and Beaudesert Rotary, funded by the Queensland government.

Scenic Rim mayor Greg Christensen said the weather was perfect for another significant event in for the region.

"This is the first time we've carried out a citizenship ceremony at Jubilee Park on Queensland Day and combining it with our Queensland Day celebrations created a wonderful atmosphere,” he said.

"As ever, it was a great privilege to play a part in formally embracing these local residents as members of the Australian community.”

"The atmosphere for this significant moment was greatly enhanced by the presence of our community organisations which, in many ways epitomise the fabric of Australia.”