Belly flops ‘just not cricket’ in Australia Day fun

FRASER Coast’s lovable mascot Harvey the Whale has been warned against belly flops when he takes on Polly the Parrot, Blazer, Cluedo and other local mascots in an Australia Day race on January 26, 2016.

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Maryborough Sunrise, the Mascot Race is one of many exciting events being held in Maryborough’s Queens Park to celebrate this year’s Australia Day.

“Belly flops are not allowed,” Maryborough Sunrise Rotary president Glenda Pitman said.

“We know Humpback whales can swim in bursts of up to 26kph but the 50-metre race is over the grassy terrain of Queens Park not in the Pacific Ocean.

“Attempting belly flops and gliding over the grass is just not cricket so we’re using a handicap system so Harvey isn’t disadvantaged.”

Other mascots include Robert the Recycler from the Fraser Coast Regional Council, Bendigo Bank Pig and a curlew and dugong from the Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG).

Everyone is invited to join the day’s fun which starts with a free community breakfast  followed by traditional games, flag raising, Billy Tea and damper and Dummy Spit competition.

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Free family fun at USQ Fraser Coast Open Day

TRADITIONAL Indigenous games, farm animals, crafts and healthy food displays are just some of the many exciting activities people can enjoy while learning about higher education opportunities at the USQ Fraser Coast Open Day this Sunday.

In celebration of National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day (Sunday, August 4), the USQ Open Day will begin with a Butchulla elder doing Welcome to Country. A performance by the Goomblar Aboriginal Dance troupe will follow and education students will run traditional games throughout the day.

USQ Fraser Coast Executive Manager Brett Langabeer said the annual Open Day is not only a great opportunity to learn about the latest in course offerings at the Fraser Coast campus, but it also gives people the chance to see what resources are available to students, and provides a day out for families to enjoy.

As well as visiting Old McDonald Travelling Farm, families can enjoy craft activities and join in games, or visit USQ’s new state-of-the-art library and talk to the staff about services including discovering the world through new technology.

In the sciences laboratories and nursing wards, visitors can participate in hands-on activities including physical assessment, equipment and science displays, mobility aids, the Grog Test and the Glitterbug hand washing activity.

Mr Langabeer said that during Open Day, anyone who is thinking about university studies for themselves or their children can find out about USQ’s range of new programs and study areas including the new flexible delivery programs – Associate Degree of Engineering and Associate Degree of Construction (Civil).”

“Members of the public are invited to browse through the information stands for program details on all the degrees that USQ offers including business, law, creative arts, communication, education, health, science, engineering and Indigenous knowledge,” Mr Langabeer said.

“They can hear from the lecturers who will be teaching them and ask all the questions to which they need answers. A visiting law lecturer will be on hand to answer questions for budding lawyers, and career councillors will be available to help those who are unsure about which study or career path to take.

“There will be information on fees, how to apply and the different ways to get into university study, including our Tertiary Preparation Program and TAFE to University options. We’ll also have information on USQ’s Head Start program which allows high school students to study a university subject while still in school.”

USQ’s environmental science and sustainability lecturer Dr Andy Le Brocque and biomedical scientist Professor Lindsay Brown will have an information display and be talking about Eating sustainably: what is the health cost of fast food?, the topic from their Creating Waves Lecture Series at USQ Fraser Coast from 5.30 to 7.30pm, Friday August 2.

USQ Fraser Coast will also welcome about 80 high school students from Biggenden, Eidsvold, Mundubbera, Proston and Gayndah to Open Day as part of the

Uni Life program, which brings rural students to the campus in Hervey Bay where they can experience university life in a coastal setting and see first-hand that the lecturers are approachable and classes smaller compared to large city universities.

The USQ Open Day will run for three hours, from 10am to 1pm. Food and refreshments are available from the campus café, Bella’s Café on the Bay.

Everyone is welcome. For more information about USQ Fraser Coast Open Day, go to

Where: USQ Fraser Coast, 161 Old Maryborough Road, Hervey Bay.

When: 10am to 1pm, Sunday August 4.

CAPTION: USQ Fraser Coast nursing student Irana Gray shows Samantha and Grant Whiteside how the Glitterbug hand washing activity works at last year’s Open Day.