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Australia Day fun goes inside in Lockyer Valley

TRUE-BLUE: Cousins Lincon Kent, 4, from Hatton Vale, and Jett Hefford, 1, from Jimboomba, at the Laidley Cultural Centre on Australia Day.
TRUE-BLUE: Cousins Lincon Kent, 4, from Hatton Vale, and Jett Hefford, 1, from Jimboomba, at the Laidley Cultural Centre on Australia Day. Claudia Baxter

THE rain may have fallen on Australia Day but it didn't dampen the spirits of the Lockyer Valley community.

The celebrations were moved indoors to the Laidley Cultural Centre with performances from musicians, a whip cracker and fun and games for children.

The Citizen of the Year was awarded to Rob Bauer, of Bauer's Organic Farm, for his tourism work within the region.

Mr Bauer said it was an honour and a surprise to claim the award.

"Well I don't know. I knew I was nominated for it but you just don't know if you are going to win it or not," he said.

"It's humbling. You don't know whether you really deserve it, but when it makes other people happy for you to get it. People you work with or don't even know were happy I won it for some reason."

Mr Bauer is a fourth generation farmer in the Lockyer Valley, and has attracted thousands of tourists to the district with his tours.

The Somerset Regional Council helped hundreds of residents celebrate Australia Day with a free breakfast, awards ceremony and free water activities at pools.

Around 200 residents enjoyed a Big Australia Day brekkie put on by council at the Somerset Civic Centre, followed by Australia Day Awards and citizenship ceremony.



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