Queensland is turning 158 years old! To celebrate, three Central Highland landmarks will be turning maroon.
Springsure’s Rich Park windmill, Blackwater’s water tower and Emerald’s Egerton Street roundabout will be lit up in the state’s colour every night during Queensland Week, which begins next Saturday (4 June).
Held every year, Queensland Week is a celebration of our state’s history, culture, people and achievements and is centred around Queensland’s birthday on 6 June.
Central Highlands Mayor Cr Kerry Hayes encouraged residents across the region to follow suit and paint their town maroon.
‘This week is a great opportunity to show off your state pride and reflect on what you love most about living here,’ he said.
With the first State of Origin game just around the corner, Cr Hayes said it was hard to believe Queensland and New South Wales were once a combined colony.
‘We may be rivals now, but we actually used to be one and the same,’ he said.
‘Then on 6 June 1859 we parted ways and Queensland was officially born.’
To find out more about how you can get involved visit www.queenslandweek.qld.gov.au or join the online conversation using #paintthetownmaroon
‘If football isn’t your thing, why not head out for the 2016 Gemfields Folk Festival. It’s being held at the Miners’ Common Museum Arts & Cultural Centre in Rubyvale on Saturday 11 June to coincide with Queensland Week,’ Cr Hayes said.