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Party In The Park Paves The Way For Joyful Connections

A petting zoo, free sausage sizzle, four face painters, glitter tattoos and three jumping castles will ensure this year’s Party in the Park will keep young families entertained.

The party will be at Queens Park (oval 1) on Wednesday, September 6, from 9am to 11.30am.

Mayor Greg Williamson said the free morning would showcase the tremendous children’s services and organisations Mackay had to offer for children aged up to six.

“This fantastic event is an initiative of council’s Community Programs team and the Mackay Family Support Alliance that aims to celebrate and raise awareness of Child Protection Week each year,” Mayor Williamson said.

“Dozens of service providers have stalls at the event and they run fun interactive activities and displays,” he said.

“It makes for a really fun morning out and is a great way for young families to network, socialise and find out what support is available to them.

“I’d encourage everyone with young children, including carers and grandparents, to bring them along – grab a free sausage from Mackay Rotary, get their faces painted and have some fun.”

Mackay Family Support Alliance Community Connect Program Worker Christie Pearson said it was important to promote Child Protection Week.

“The theme of Child Protection Week, which runs from September 3 to 9, is ‘protecting children is everybody’s business’,” Ms Pearson said.

“Events like this are an opportunity to promote the value of children and highlight services and networks that support parents through what can be a very stressful time of life,” she said.

“There’s an old saying that raising a child takes a village, and events like this are a great way for new parents to make connections and find networks that become that village.”

For more information on the event, including a list of service providers, follow Party in the Park on Facebook.

There will be jumping castles, a petting zoo, face painters and more at this year’s Party in the Park. Photo credit: Mackay Regional Council

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