Impressive gala ball guest list
ANOTHER chapter was added to Warwick's remarkable history at the weekend as 150th birthday celebrations drew to a close.
On Saturday evening, hundreds donned suits and evening gowns – some of them with an historic twist – and converged on WIRAC for the 150th Mayoral Gala Charity Dinner Ball – the most glamorous of the events to mark the milestone.
The guest list included former councillors and mayors, and descendants of others; State Minister for Finance Rachel Nolan; Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott and State Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg.
In her official address at the function, Ms Nolan – whose grandmother Gene Shelley is a Warwick resident – said she always enjoyed returning to the Rose City.
“All of my mother's side was from Warwick and I try and come here as often as I can,” she said.
“It's wonderful to have a sense of my own family in what is certainly a beautiful and strong community.”
Four generations on Ms Nolan's mother's side have served on local governments in the Southern Downs area, a fact Ms Nolan said she discovered only after she had already decided to go into politics.
Mayor Ron Bellingham said the 150th celebrations had been enjoyable for all those involved.
“The concerts have been great compliments to the talent in the community and I think council's re-enactment of the first meeting of the Warwick Council was appreciated,” he said.
“I've enjoyed this week and I acknowledge the effort of all those people that contributed in any way.”
Warwick Tourism and Events CEO Tracy Vellacott described the 10 days of special events as “awesome”.
“We had 700 at the variety nights, 2500 at the Party in the Park Family Fun Day and surprisingly 250 to watch the council re-enactment,” Mrs Vellacott said.