123-year-old heritage building preserved for years to come

Published 26 May 2023

Exterior of the completed refurbished Dayboro Meeting Hub building against the backdrop of a blue sky

There will be extra reason to celebrate the return of Dayboro Day Festival this Sunday with the unveiling of Council’s $1 million upgrade of the Dayboro Meeting Hub in the centre of Williams Street.

The 123-year-old building has been upgraded to restore its heritage features while improving its accessibility and safety standards and modernising the interior rooms for greater public use.

Mayor Peter Flannery said the return of Dayboro Day Festival after a three-year hiatus was the perfect occasion to celebrate one of Dayboro’s oldest jewels.

“Dayboro is a town that’s steeped in history and tradition, but it’s also growing as a popular place to live for locals and a great tourist destination for day trippers coming from Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and abroad,” he said.

“The upgrade of the Dayboro Meeting Hub very much reflects the current state of Dayboro by ensuring we preserve the original character of the building while giving it the modern features to suit today’s needs.

“Moreton Bay is a growing region so it’s important that each community has its own modern facilities to keep up with the population demand.

“I’m proud we could deliver a fantastic meeting space for the Dayboro community with the help of the Dayboro Historical Society and other user groups who were heavily involved in the project to make sure we got it right.”

Councillor Darren Grimwade (Div 11) said Dayboro Day Festival was a win-win for the community this year thanks to Council’s new $15,000 grant that will help secure its future for the next few years.

“I’m so excited to see the much-anticipated return of the famous Dayboro Day Festival after a three-year hiatus due to COVID,” he said.

“Council was able to help ensure it will be back hopefully for good with a grant worth $15,000 across three years (2023-2025) to support the organisers cover expenses.

“We hope to see over 20,000 people venture into Dayboro to check out the rides, activities, 115 market stalls, the grand street parade, and one of my personal favourites - the pineapple pie eating contest.

“It will be a monumental occasion for Dayboro and surrounding area and I’m proud we were able to complete the works on the Dayboro Meeting Hub to coincide with the event to make it that extra bit special.”

Dayboro Day Festival is a free event with free parking and free shuttle buses running between the showgrounds and the festival.

Visit the Visit Moreton Bay Region website for more information and details.