Ding, ding, ding - Australia Day, round two
STOCK up on beer, have your sunscreen slapped on and your Australian flags ready to wave yet again, the second Australia Day is almost here.
Australians will be encouraged to show their support for Queensland tourism by celebrating 'Australia Day II' across the State on 23 February.
Minister for Tourism Jann Stuckey said an advertising campaign would be launched this weekend which celebrates the Queensland spirit and urges Australians to show their support and holiday in the State.
"Many Queenslanders didn't have the opportunity to celebrate Australia Day in true Aussie style over the 26 January long weekend," Ms Stuckey said.
"The bulk of Queensland tourism destinations are now open for business and ready to welcome visitors following the recent wet weather incidents.
"Many holiday destinations were untouched and while others are on the road to recovery, this campaign reinforces that the best way you can support the industry is by taking a holiday in Queensland.
The face of the 'Australia Day II' campaign will be Sam Kekovich, one of the best known Australia Day figures over recent years due to his animated promotion of Australia Day.
Ms Stuckey said the initiative would be the first step of the Government's tourism recovery strategy for flood affected areas.
"It is about calling on Australians to make plans to visit as soon as they can, and will also be an opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of all emergency services and other volunteers at a time when it was most needed."
"As the weather eases and the clean-up gets underway Australians can assist by converging on Queensland when it's back to its best," she said.
Will you be celebrating Australia Day II?
This poll ended on 09 February 2013.
Why not? Any opportunity to celebrate our great nation
I'll pass. I'm still recovering from the first Australia Day
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.