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Lamb man lends a hand to Laidley

SAM’S HERE: Sam Kekovich will be involved in a Lambathon barbecue cook-off.
SAM’S HERE: Sam Kekovich will be involved in a Lambathon barbecue cook-off. TRACEY NEARMY

AFTER losing their Australia Day to flooding in January, the State Government's Australia Day II will have special meaning in Laidley.

While celebrations for Australia took place in Laidley on January 26, they were soon replaced by the town's preparations for the impending flood.

Tomorrow the town will be chucking a chop on the barbie with former AFL player, turned lamb spokesman, Sam Kekovich, who will be there to lend support to the recovery.

Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones said the Australia Day II initiative was about helping the local economy recover and providing some fun to people who'd had to endure two floods in as many years.

"To face two floods in two years is a tough situation and there are people who are still coming to terms with what has happened. The Australia Day II event is a way for people to get together, have some fun while at the same time supporting local business with their recovery," he said.

"The Australia Day II Street Party will see live street entertainment, a lucky wheel, giveaways, plenty of live bands, a lamb cook-off and plenty of fun for the whole family," he said.

Reader poll

Was it a good idea to hold an Australia Day II?

This poll ended on 28 February 2013.

Yes, people deserve the chance to celebrate properly - 76%

No, one Australia Day is enough - 19%

Australia Day should be moved to a different date altogether - 3%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Kekovich will be involved in a Lambathon barbecue cook-off from 11am, while former Australian swimmer Lisa Curry will be in town from 1pm.

The main street will be closed and from 9am -2pm and filled with music, kids' activities, markets and roving entertainment.

Special guests in town include Morgan Evans and Peter McWhirter, country music artists, Travis Sinclair.

Topics:  australia day ii, laidley, sam kekovich


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