The Toowoomba Region will have a maroon glow from this evening (June 1) when city landmarks light up to herald Queensland Week through to Sunday, June 10.
Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio is encouraging the community to wear maroon to show how much we love our state.
“Queensland celebrates its birthday this week and there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate our State with maroon mates at events being held across the region,” Mayor Antonio said.
“This year TRC’s Queensland Week events will allow you to get active for your state, wave a flag, wear maroon and even blow out the candles on a lamington sponge birthday cake.
“Toowoomba’s celebrations start at 10am on Queensland Day, Wednesday, June 6 at the Village Green with a flag raising ceremony.
“This will be a perfect lead up to the first rugby league State of Origin match that night.
“Oakey’s celebrations will be at 1.30pm on Saturday, June 9 at the Oakey Historical Museum where participants will be treated to a proclamation of the State and a flag raising ceremony.
“Pittsworth will cap the week with festivities at the Pittsworth Pioneer Village on Sunday, June 10 at 10am featuring entertainment, displays, demonstrations and a flag raising ceremony during the day.
“Throughout the week Toowoomba’s CBD will be awash with a maroon glow with the coloured lights on City Hall, the Outer Circulating Road and the Margaret Street up-lights adjoining Queens Park being changed to honour our state.
“The Region’s Parkruns will mark celebrations of our State’s anniversary with participants being encouraged at each of the five events on Saturday, June 9 to wear something maroon. At the finish line participators can continue the festivities by enjoying some birthday cake and receiving a Queensland flag to wave.
“This year there is even a Parkrun challenge. The challenge is a callout to everyone, across all ages and abilities, to join the free Parkrun event for each of the five Saturdays in June.
“This challenge provides a great opportunity to experience each of the runs (Queens Park and Middle Ridge Park in Toowoomba, at Highfields, Oakey and Pittsworth) and will help our community to get active during the colder months.
“Queensland Day (June 6) celebrates the day 159 years ago when Queen Victoria gave her approval that we should separate from the colony of New South Wales.
“The State of Queensland was declared and we haven’t looked back since.
“We have so much to celebrate as Queenslanders, so let’s get out with a mate and celebrate our great State.
“Go the Maroons!!!”
For more information about Queensland Week events, please visit Council’s events calendar or visit http://user.tr.qld.gov.au/events/eventdetail/66292/-/queensland-week