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What’s on

In addition to the events on our community events calendar we also run several large annual events. Information on these is available below or keep an eye on our enews bulletin or Facebook page in the lead up for more information.

  • Anzac Day 2024

    See events across the region here.

  • School Holidays - September

    See the schedule here.

  • Australia Day nomination period - September through November

    Do you know someone from your community who has stood out and made a difference? Make their day, or even their year, by nominating them for a 2024 Central Highlands Australia Day Award. Submissions are now open until 5.00 pm 30 November 2023. Nominate here.

  • Garage Sale Trail - October

    Garage Sale Trail is a not-for-profit mission that works hand in hand with local government to inspire social and environmental change.

    By organising communities around Australia to hold garage sales simultaneously the event aims to promote re-use, reduce waste to landfill, enable new neighbourly connections, provide a platform for fundraising, inspire creativity and stimulate local economies.

  • Nogoa November - November

    Nogoa November is an annual celebration of the Nogoa River revival held at the Emerald Botanic Gardens each November.

  • Light Up Central Highlands - December

    The festive tradition encourages residents and businesses to adorn their premises with Christmas lights and decorations in a bid to be crowned the best. Register your house here. 

  • Australia Day Celebrations - January

    In celebration of all of the things that make our nation great, council hosts a number of community events in January.

    These free festivities are held annually in Emerald, Blackwater, Springsure or Rolleston and Capella or Tieri.

    Citizenship ceremonies are also an important part of our Australia Day celebrations.

    Council’s annual Australia Day awards are endorsed by the Federal and Queensland Governments in line with the national Australia Day awards.

    Each year, the program recognises local residents and organisations for their outstanding contributions to the region.

    The award categories are:

    Citizen of the Year
    Young Citizen of the Year
    Community Event of the Year
    Senior Sports Person / Sports Administrator
    Junior Sports Person
    Cultural Award

    Each category has a winner from the Blackwater / Duaringa area, Capella / Tieri area, Emerald / Gemfields area and Springsure / Rolleston area. Winners are announced at council’s Australia Day celebrations across the Central Highlands on 26 January.

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