MARANOA Council has defended its decision to move this year's Australia Day celebrations in Roma from an evening to a morning event.
A Council spokesperson said it was a fresh change to entice more people to come along on the day.
"Although previously a night time event, we received some feedback from the community that encouraged us to try a morning event this year," the spokesperson said.
"It has also enabled us to try different things, including more family friendly activities and giveaways to make a fun and memorable outing for all in attendance.
Council said if they receive feedback supporting the return to a night time celebration, they would take this into consideration for next year.
Last year the event was moved to Bassett Park for weather reasons but it returns to the Big Rig parklands in 2013.