Australia Day II Gives Chance to Support Flood Victims and Tourism Industry

04/02/2013

Local MPs are encouraging residents to show true Aussie spirit by celebrating Australia Day ‘properly' on 23rd February.

"Many in our community didn't have the opportunity to celebrate Australia Day in true Aussie style over the January 26 long weekend," Mr Seath Holswich, State Member for Pine Rivers, said.

"The Aussie way is that we don't let obstacles get the better of us, and we are encouraging all local residents to celebrate that Australian spirit, even if it is a month late."

Mr Trevor Ruthenberg, State Member for Kallangur, added that Australia Day II provided an opportunity for Kallangur and Pine Rivers residents to help those throughout the state who have been severely affected by ex-tropical cyclone Oswald.

"I would ask everyone to consider having a backyard bbq with their neighbours, or to head down to Lake Samsonvale for a picnic with friends, but at the same time to ask everyone attending to make a contribution towards the Queensland Flood Appeal," Mr Ruthenberg said.

Donations to the Flood Appeal can be made at http://www.redcross.org.au/ or by phoning 1800 811 700.

Mr Holswich is also asking locals to use the Australia Day II on 23rd February to support local tourism operators.

"The Australia Day II campaign has been launched to send a message that Queensland is still open for business."

"Many holiday destinations were untouched while others are well on the road to recovery. The best way you can support our tourism industry is by taking a holiday in Queensland on 23rd February."

Mr Holswich is encouraging people to explore our local region by taking a daytrip or overnight getaway to the Dayboro region or other local destinations.

"We have some amazing tourism opportunities and getaways right on our doorstep - within 20 minutes drive for most people in Pine Rivers and Kallangur."

"There couldn't be a better opportunity to get out and discover something new in our local area."