June 6 is Queensland’s 160th birthday and this is a chance for Maroon State of Origin fans to wear their dark red duds and celebrate, a statesman has said.
State Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (pictured second from R) is encouraging all Queenslanders to wear their maroon colours to celebrate the anniversary of the same day Queensland separated from New South Wales back in 1859.
“I know the game was last night but today is our real State of Origin Day,” Palaszczuk said in a public statement. “I’m not sure everyone down south got the memo which is why we have to celebrate our Independence Day. We have to celebrate Queensland Day.”
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State landmarks lit up in maroon
A number of landmarks across the state will be lit with maroon to celebrate the occasion, including the Qantas Founders Museum in the west, Big Crab and the Big Mango in the north, and Gold Coast’s Skypoint Observation Deck in the south.
The premier will also host the investiture of the Queensland Greats, which will include the King of Origin Wally Lewis.
Landmarks going maroon include the Big Crab in Miriam Vale, Big Mango in Bowen, Central Water Fountain in Ayr, Mary Valley Heritage Railway in Gympie, Qantas Founders Museum in Longreach, Yeppoon Foreshore Amphitheatre in Yeppoon, and both the Singing Ship and Wreck Point Lookout in Cooee Bay.
In Brisbane a variety of venues will be lit up, including Story Bridge, Victoria Bridge, Kurilpa Bridge, Suncorp Stadium, The Gabba, Wheel of Brisbane, Customs House, Treasury Casino and Hotel, and Roma Street Parklands, among many others.
Maroons make special trip to Outback
The Queensland Maroons earlier made a special trip to the outback for the annual Charleville Queensland Maroons Fan Day on May 28. Hundreds of Maroons fans attended as rugby league is a big part of life for those living in the outback according to Charleville Police Station.
“The joy that that the Maroons brought to the town was evident on the faces of their fans both young and old, who travelled far and wide from Thargomindah, Cunnamulla, Quilpie, Augathella and Mitchell to catch a glimpse of their favourite player,” Senior Constable Leanne Day said in a public statement. “The only negative comments received from the community were that police were wearing the wrong coloured shirts (navy blue instead of maroon).”