Our local community will soon come together to mark Australia Day 2020.

Luke Howarth MP, Federal Member for Petrie said Australia Day was an opportunity for all local residents to acknowledge the contribution that every Australian makes to our dynamic nation, regardless of background.

“One in every four people living in Petrie is born overseas so we are all part of the Story of Australia,” Mr Howarth said.

“Australia Day is a day to reflect on where we have been and where we are going as a nation. It’s a day to listen to each other and respect each other’s stories and contributions. And it’s a day to celebrate our extraordinary nation and our people with their unwavering community spirit and generosity.

“This Australia Day we particularly celebrate those Australians who have in recent months fought bushfires, protected communities, tended to wildlife and supported the bushfire relief and recovery efforts.

“On Australia Day, we reflect on our nation’s past, which began more than 60,000 years ago with Indigenous Australians – the world’s oldest living culture.

“We celebrate our diversity and the extraordinary achievements that have made Australia the most successful multicultural society in the world and we welcome thousands of new citizens who will join us on Australia Day.

Mr Howarth said much of Australia’s success is due to our shared values of respect for freedom of the individual, democracy, commitment to the rule of law and equality of opportunity regardless of race, religion or ethnicity.

“We all have different views and backgrounds but Australia Day is a day to respect and share the stories, histories and contributions everyday Australians, like those in Petrie have made, and continue to make, to our nation.”

“Australia Day is a day to reflect on and celebrate living in the greatest country in the world, where we have more opportunities, greater freedoms and more reasons to be optimistic than any other nation. It’s a day to celebrate together and celebrate being Australians.”

A local Australia Day event will be held at Suttons Beach in Redcliffe from 3pm-8pm with fun for the whole family including beach activities, garden games, live music, a lamington eating competition finishing with a spectacular fireworks display at 7:45pm.