Aussies more patriotic on natiional day

By GLEN PORTEOUSglenp@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

AUSTRALIANS all let us rejoice, it is Australia Day and time to celebrate the birthday of the best nation in the world.

Whether it is playing backyard cricket or going to the beach, sizzling a snag and bunging it on a piece of bread and wacking on your favourite sauce, the options are plenty.

Owner manager of Gladstone T-Shirts, Joyce O'Dowd said sales for Australian themes have in- creased in the week leading up to Australia Day.

'More than ever, people have been wanting Australian stuff,' Ms O'Dowd said.

She said people were becoming more patriotic.

"Offices are having Australia Day parties lead- ing up to the occasion and I even had one lady buying oven mitts with Australian flags on them for a backyard barbecue,'' Ms O'Dowd said. A popular seller has been water-based tattoos that wash off after a week.

A big pat on the back has gone to Calliope Shire Council Mayor George Creed, who has been awarded the Medal Of Australia In The General Division (OAM).

Mr Creed has been given this award in recogni- tion of his contribution in services to the commu- nity of the Calliope Shire through local govern- ment and contributions to the region's commercial, industrial and civic development.

Mr Creed has been Calliope Shire Council May- or since 1995 and before that Deputy Mayor since 1976.

He has been a board member of the then-Glad- stone Port Authority, founding director of Glad- stone Economic and Industry Development Board, representative of Gladstone Business Ref- erence Group and a member of Gladstone Calli- ope Aerodrome Board.

Mr Creed has also hosted the annual The Old Station Fly-in and Air Show on his property since 1992, helping to raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Ser- vice, Queensland Aerial Ambulance Service and local Scouting Groups.

This award will go along with the Centenary Medal Mr Creed received in 2001.

The Gladstone City Council will kick off its cel- ebrations at 7am at Tondoon Botanical Gardens. Then at 12.30pm mayor Peter Corones will pre- sent Australia Day Awards.

Miriam Vale Council will have its award pre- sentation at the Community Centre with a break- fast at 7am.



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