January 26, 2022
Pandemic fears or volunteer shortages scuttled most of the South Burnett’s planned community Australia Day events but two that pressed ahead were at Hivesville and Wondai.
At Hivesville, the day kicked off at 7:00am with a flag-raising in Memorial Park.
It was followed by the official presentation of the Proston / Hivesville Local Achiever Award to Proston resident John Walden and a barbecue breakfast, organised by the Hivesville Progress Association.
In Wondai, the Regional Art Gallery hosted a free bacon and egg breakfast – and lamingtons – in The Studio from 7:00am.
A small flag-raising ceremony also took place and the Wondai Town & District Band provided the live entertainment for about 60 local residents.
Sadly, many other towns’ plans were derailed.
Proston Scouts had planned to go ahead with a trimmed down Australia Day event but this was cancelled at the last minute on Tuesday night.
Other not-for-profit community events to be cancelled were at Boondooma Homestead, Kingaroy, Murgon and, more controversially, at Nanango.
Most of the advertised commercial events at local hotels went ahead as planned.
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[Photos: Kathy Duff and Ros Heit]