True blue boom!
THIS month’s disastrous flood has caused Ipswich residents to become more patriotic, with Australian flags flying out shop doors ahead of today’s massive celebration.
Manager of Ipswich Mall store Wayne’s World, Amy Levitt, said sales of Australian paraphernalia had increased dramatically this year.
“Flags for your car have been our biggest sellers,” Ms Levitt said.
“We have been selling Australian t-shirts etc for three weeks now.
“We have sold a lot more of everything this year, much more than last year.”
Bundamba Swim Centre will be the focal point for Ipswich’s Australia Day celebrations today.
The restored facility will host a free family fun day with all attendees encouraged to dress up in Aussie gear for a chance to win great prizes.
The event begins at 10am and runs until 4pm.
There are also events in the main streets of most regional towns with Rosewood even hosting a ride-on lawnmower race.
Yamanto’s Amanda Welch said she had bought several items featuring Australian flags for herself and her children this year because she felt the Australian spirit come alive in the wake of January 12’s flood peak.
“I think this year the day does matter more and it’s really about spending quality time with your family,” Ms Welch said.
Today will allow volunteers who have worked tirelessly over the past two weeks a chance to relax.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said he wanted Ipswich residents to enjoy themselves today despite recent tragedies.
“What we really want is to be able to put a smile back on their faces,” he said.