Elva Sinclair will take some of the coaches on Monday’s Heritage Coach Tour.
Elva Sinclair will take some of the coaches on Monday’s Heritage Coach Tour. Emma Channon

Bligh to join birthday party

THE imminent birthday of our Rose City is one week away and the celebrations just two sleeps – and ready to help celebrate will be one of Warwick’s daughters herself, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh.

Ms Bligh confirmed her visit yesterday and said she planned to attend Saturday night’s variety concert at the Town Hall.

Ms Bligh will have a whirlwind visit, flying in to Warwick prior to the concert and leaving at its finish.

It is likely she will also make an address at the concert.

Southern Downs Mayor Ron Bellingham yesterday welcomed the news of Ms Bligh’s visit.

“The premier is always welcome to Warwick and I think it is fitting she visit for our 150th celebrations,” he said.

“As I said earlier, it is a significant milestone for our town and it’s a special time for the community. It will be nice to be able to share it with Ms Bligh.”

Meanwhile, tickets for 150th events continue to walk steadily out the door.

On Monday, a lucky group of people will be driven around the region to visit its historic homes and buildings.

Tickets are still available for the Heritage Coach Tour, which will leave hourly between 9am and noon.

Among the various stops will be a tour inside the Abbey of the Roses and the oldest homestead in Queensland, Canning Downs home.

A volunteer at Pringle Cottage for 40 years, vice-president Elva Sinclair will be one of two guides to host the coach tours.

Mrs Sinclair has been running tours for about five years and said it would give an insight into a huge slice of the region’s history.

“I love history and the early history of Warwick is just fascinating,” she said.

“We’ll go through a number of historic buildings and what it cost to build them and a number of other significant places such as the railway station and the history of Morgan Park.”

Mrs Sinclair said the visit to Canning Downs would be especially insightful.

“The history of the property is fantastic.

“There’s so many stories attached to the original ladies – they came from very elegant backgrounds in Paramatta,” she said.

Tickets on the Heritage Coach Tours cost $10 and must be pre-purchased.

Alternatively, people can obtain a map of the tour and conduct their own heritage route journey– although only coaches will be able to visit Canning Downs.

For tickets phone council on 4661 0351.



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