Big W's Christmas gift to Warwick

The staff of the Warwick Big W distribution centre celebrate 20 years of operation in 2016.
The staff of the Warwick Big W distribution centre celebrate 20 years of operation in 2016. Jonno Colfs

CHRISTMAS preparations were in full swing in Warwick back in 1995.

Carols were belted out across town, with the only song to get more airtime being the Spice Girls with their hit Wannabe.

Rose City residents looking for work received an early Christmas present, with Big W announcing staff intakes.

Also on December 8, 1995, a health proposal was brought forward for Warwick, and hockey players were having a big impact on the national league.

Earlier this year Big W celebrated a big milestone in the history of the company in Warwick, as they brought up their 20th anniversary.

On this day 21 years ago, recruitment for positions at the shopping giant were well underway for their distribution centre.

The new centre was set to distribute to stores between Canberra and Darwin.

At the time, approximately 15 staff were sought for the initial intake, with a view to building to 110 within the space of a year.

"The positions will involve working in a team environment and all training will be supplied to assist the trainees to become multi-skilled in all aspects of our high-tech and streamlined warehouse operation,” manager Kevin Jones said.

Santa Claus made his way around town in Warwick, before encountering an unexpected problem.

Visiting school children, the jolly red man found himself stuck in the chimney of Central State School.

His wife Mrs Claus was lacking in sympathy for his error.

"Two helpings of Christmas pudding before your deliveries. Can't be told!”

A new proposed Queensland health structure would see Warwick join a Health Service Network alongside Goondwindi, Stanthorpe, Inglewood, Texas and Milmerran,

Dr Ian Cumming, Darling Downs Regional Health Authority director, said the new Health Service Network would be based on the existing Southern Downs sector of the Darling Downs Region.

Bill Sallaway made a return to Warwick after spending eight years in other areas managing ANZ banks.

Mr Sallaway was hopeful of staying in Warwick for the rest of his working life.

Warwick had a strong representation in the Brisbane Blades hockey side, with three players making the squad.

Lee Bodimeade, Dean Butler and Jason Mangan were named in the 20-man squad.

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