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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Queenslanders encouraged to show their love for Queensland

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Monday, June 06, 2016

    Queenslanders encouraged to show their love for Queensland

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has encouraged Queenslanders to show their love for our great state and get behind Queensland Week celebrations.

    Ms Palaszczuk said this year, during Queensland Week, we are calling on Queenslanders to join in one of our state’s most important festivities—our state’s birthday—in a week to create, innovate and celebrate.

    “To mark these celebrations, Queensland will be engulfed in a sea of maroon as bridges, buildings, schools,shopfronts and homes are turned maroon in celebration,” Ms Palaszczuk said. 

    “There are many ways Queenslanders can show their state pride—dress maroon, host a Queensland themed event at home or in the workplace, or decorate and light up local buildings and landmarks.”

    Ms Palaszczuk said Queensland Week is an annual celebration of the State’s culture, heritage, people and industry.

    “This week-long celebration centres around the state’s birthday on 6 June and acknowledges the state’s official separation from New South Wales.

    “It’s a fantastic opportunity to reflect on what we love most about living in Queensland, whether it’s our stunning landscapes, enviable climate or local produce—we are very fortunate to call Queensland home.”

    With the support of the Queensland Government’s Queensland Week Sponsorship Program, 14 community organisations across the state will host Queensland Week celebrations, from Julia Creek to Dalby, and Ayr to Cunnamulla.

    “Our regional Queensland Week celebrations include a writers’ festival and book fair, a family fun and fitness expo, a bush festival celebrating the history and lifestyle of Queensland and a five-course degustation dinner showcasing local produce,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “I’m also looking forward to announcing the 2016 Queensland Greats at an awards ceremony on 12 June which will recognise five remarkable individuals, one long-standing institution and one posthumous individual for their dedication to Queensland.”

    Excited to get involved in this year’s celebrations are Queensland Week Ambassadors, Daniel Merrett from the Brisbane Lions, Givit CEO and 2015 Australian Local Hero, Juliette Wright and Brisbane Heat player, Holly Ferling.

    “I am thrilled to be taking part in Queensland Week celebrations as an Ambassador for the second year,” Mr Merrett said.

    “As a proud Queenslander, Queensland Week is the perfect time to reflect on the many things that make our state unique.” 

    For more information on Queensland Week and to access free resources to help plan your own celebrations, visit www.qld.gov.au/queenslandweek. Join the conversation on Facebook and Instagram and share how you are celebrating using #qldweek.

    Queensland Week is an initiative of the Queensland Government and is proudly supported by The Courier-Mail, hit105, Triple M, The Weekend Edition, Brisbane Airport Corporation and Westpac.

    2016 Queensland Week highlights 

    All week  

    • #iheartQLD competition via Facebook and Instagram (closes Sunday 12 June)
    • 133 Westpac branches celebrating Queensland Week, statewide 
    • Buildings, bridges and infrastructure going maroon:

    o Big Crab, Miriam Vale

    o Brisbane Convention and Entertainment Centre

    o University of Queensland (Forgan Smith building), Brisbane (to Tuesday 7 June

    o Gasworks, Brisbane 

    o King George Square and City Hall, Brisbane

    o Kurilpa Bridge, Brisbane 

    o London Woolstores apartments, Teneriffe

    o Parliament House, Brisbane

    o Q1 Skypoint, Gold Coast (to Wednesday 8 June, and Friday 10 to Sunday 12 June

    o Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane 

    o Reddacliff place (Donna Marcus sculptures), Brisbane 

    o Robina shopping centre art installation on the promenade, Gold Coast 

    o Roma Street Parkland, Brisbane

    o Story Bridge, Brisbane (Monday 6 to Friday 10 June, and Sunday 12 June

    o Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane (to Sunday 12 June)

    o The Arts Centre, Gold Coast

    o Treasury Casino & Hotel, Brisbane 

    o William Jolly Bridge (Queensland Week projection), Brisbane 

    o Whitsunday Marketing and Development Ltd

    o Whitsunday Region Information Centre, Proserpine

    o Wintergarden, Brisbane

    Monday 6 June

    • Queensland Day celebrations, statewide
    • Queen Street Mall Queensland Week activation, Brisbane 
    • Brisbane Airport Corporation Queensland Week activation, Brisbane 

    Thursday 9 June

    Friday 10 June 

    • Dalby’s Queensland Week The State of the Nation Trivia Night, Dalby
    • Jandowae Timbertown Festival Celebrates Queensland Week, Jandowae (Friday 10 to Sunday 12 June)
    • Logan Celebrates Queensland Week, Logan

    Saturday 11 June 

    • Behind Queensland’s Words: A Queensland Week Celebration, Noosaville 
    • Sapphires Shine for Queensland Week, Rubyvale

    Sunday 12 June

    • Queensland Greats Awards, Brisbane

    More events can be found at www.qld.gov.au/queenslandweek