By Angela Norval
A celebration of Queensland’s birthday and marking the state’s official separation from New South Wales as an independent colony in 1859, this year’s Queensland Day marks 163 years since this momentous occasion.
The move towards statehood for Queensland began with a public meeting in 1851 to consider separation from New South Wales.
As the push for separation gained momentum, Queen Victoria was approached to consider establishing a separate colony based on Moreton Bay.
The Queen gave her approval and signed the Letters Patent on 6 June 1859, now known as Queensland Day.
Commemorated annually on 6 June, Queensland Day is an important celebration of our state’s culture and heritage, and an opportunity to reflect on what Queensland means to you and what makes you proud to be a Queenslander — whether it be our people, places, opportunities or lifestyle.
In an effort to get the community together and mark this wonderful occasion, Wide Bay Advocacy Inc is hosting a free, five kilometre walk for the community of Bundaberg and surrounds.
Wide Bay Advocacy Inc president Jo Leveritt Attend encouraged everyone to attend, enjoy the great outdoors, receive free merchandise and dress in a Queensland theme to be in the running to win some great prizes.
“We are a not-for-profit organisation with ties to the community, and Queensland Day is an opportunity for the community to come together and reflect on what Queensland means to us and what makes us proud to be Queenslanders — whether it be our people, places, opportunities or lifestyle. It is a celebration of our state’s culture, heritage, people and industry,” she said.
“In celebrating Queensland Day, the community can share a sense of pride in being both Australian and a Queenslander.
“It is a time to reflect on how lucky we are to be part of such a wonderful state.”
The event kicks off at 7am on Saturday 4 June, at Queens Park, Hope Street, Bundaberg.