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QUEENSLAND Day falls on June 6, 2023.

According to a State Government fact sheet it is: An annual celebration of the state’s birthday, on June 6, which acknowledges the official separation of Queensland from New South Wales, on June 6, 1859, to become an independent colony.

The fact sheet goes on to say: ‘In 2023, we celebrate 164 years of Queensland with the annual celebration of the state’s culture, heritage, people and industry.

‘In celebrating Queensland Day, the community can share a sense of pride in being both Australian and a Queenslander. It is a time to reflect on how lucky we are to be part of such a wonderful lifestyle.’

So, get amongst it people!

There are a few Queensland Day events going on around the region including the ‘Flavours of Bowen’ Festival, at Bowen’s Front Beach, from 11am until 4pm, this Saturday.

And on Sunday, it’s the Whitsunday Regional Council Queensland Day celebrations, at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre, from 11am to 2pm.

Having a voice

And while we are talking about culture, heritage and pride, I am glad the Federal Government is going on an information-offensive regarding the referendum for the Voice to Parliament.

I am glad there is more information being put out about the referendum and what it is asking us.

I think it has been quite confusing, up to this point, and it is way too important for people not to understand what is being asked of them.

Our forefathers, on all sides of the political spectrum, fought long and hard for freedom of speech and we are lucky to be living in a country where we can express our opinions.

Maroon madness

And lastly – and this is a very patriotic column this week – it’s the first game of the 2023 State of Origin series tonight (Wednesday, May 31, 2023).

Go Queensland!

As always, thanks for reading this newspaper.

Deborah.

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