Chloe Kennedy, 13, Troy Passfield, 11, Cassie Kennedy, 12, Emmy Passfield, 10, Jake Passfield, 8, Zac Kennedy, 8, and Jake Kennedy, 11, enjoy the Australia Day celebrations at Howard.
Chloe Kennedy, 13, Troy Passfield, 11, Cassie Kennedy, 12, Emmy Passfield, 10, Jake Passfield, 8, Zac Kennedy, 8, and Jake Kennedy, 11, enjoy the Australia Day celebrations at Howard. Alistair Brightman

Big Aussie Day crowds brave the heat to celebrate

SUN, sand, flags and a family atmosphere can only mean Australia Day on the Fraser Coast.

The anticipated threat of rain didn't hang over the region's Aussie Day celebrations, as residents gathered to be thankful for our great nation.

Clouds formed in the afternoon to provide relief from the humidity.

Under the trees by the bay large celebrations were held in Scarness Park organised by the Community Help Group. That group also won the Fraser Coast Australia Day Awards Community Group of the year.

Volunteers from the Hervey Bay Meals on Wheels also partnered with the Hervey Bay Pipe Band, Rural Fire Brigade and the Vintage Car Club.

A breakfast in the park was well attended as was the concert that followed.

There were car displays, dancing and the smell of snags rising from barbecues at the park.

Community Help Group secretary Denis Dack said the Scarness event was "absolutely fantastic".

"It was pretty hot but there was a nice breeze coming in and people sat under the trees - a perfect day," he said.

Mr Dack predicted there were more than 3000 people in the park across the day, a crowd of more than double previous years.

In Toogoom the community gathered for a flag raising, luncheon and a jazz band at the Community Hall.

And the heat didn't deter rollers from joining in barefoot bowls and sinking a beer at the Burrum Heads Bowls Club.



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