Beaudesert turns up to celebrate Queensland Day in Jubilee Park

MUSIC, food, fun rides and entertainment were all in evidence today as Scenic Rim Regional Council put on a party in the park to celebrate Queensland Day.

Those gathered witnessed a moving Welcome to Country delivered by Mununjali elder Auntie Roslyn Yuke.

The event was hosted by Scenic Rim council leaders including Mayor Greg Christensen, Deputy Mayor Michael Enright and councillors Virginia West and Jeff McConnell.

After a chilly start the sunshine soon warmed the revellers in Jubilee Park, where children ran free, enjoying a variety of fun and educational activities including a giant slide, petting zoo, face painting, pony rides and a reptile display.

The event also featured a moving citizenship ceremony, with 20 Scenic Rim residents pledging allegiance to Australia.

The new Aussie citizens came from a variety of countries including New Zealand and America to be welcomed by their adopted communities in towns across the Scenic Rim.

The event was made all the more special this year by the attendance of the Scenic Rim's two colourful town criers Syd Norman and his assistant crier Peter Brown.

Emergency services including local firefighters, paramedics and SES volunteers took part in the festivities, as did members of the local constabulary who were joined by members of the mounted police unit.

A popular feature on the day was the Beaudesert PCYC stand, where residents lined up to sign a survey designed to find out what activities residents thought would be helpful for the town's youth.

More than 100 people contributed to the survey, joining the 300+ who had already shown support for the project.

Those who completed the survey will go in the draw to win prizes including Beaudesert Sports and Happy Valley Chinese restaurant vouchers. Organisers said the survey could also be accessed via the Beaudesert Chamber of Commerce Facebook page, with prize winners to be announced on July 6.