FORGET the politics, Australia Day in Toowoomba is all about fun and celebrating every member of the community.
It's the perfect excuse for a barbecue, lamingtons, billy tea and damper and a chance to bring out your loudest board shorts, according to Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio.
"We should revel in the freedoms we enjoy that others only dream about," he said.
"So, together as a community we should celebrate how lucky we are."
And he reckons there's no better way to do that than at one of the region's community-run Australia Day events on Friday, January 26.
It's a chance to "celebrate our diverse society, reflect on our achievements and re-commit to making Australia an even better place for everyone".
"How fortunate are we to live in Australia, and particularly the Toowoomba region - the greatest part of greatest nation in the world?" Cr Antonio enthused.
Of course it's also the day to recognise residents who have made a special contribution to the area with an Australia Day award.
Award categories include: Citizen of the Year (over 26), Citizen of the Year - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Young Citizen of the Year (under 26), Cultural award, Sports award (senior and junior), and Community Group/Event of the year.
Free community events will be held in every corner of the region, including Toowoomba, Highfields and Pittsworth Pioneer Villages, Millmerran, Goombungee (including free pool party), Crows Nest, Clifton, Cambooya and Oakey. For a full schedule of regional events call 131872 or visit www.tr.qld.gov.au/events.
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