Get ready to party this Australia Day at Leslie Park
AUSTRALIA Day is fast approaching and this year the celebrations will return to Leslie Park in Warwick after a stint at the Glengallan Homestead last year.
Southern Downs councillor Jamie Mackenzie said plans for Australia Day celebrations were close to being finalised and he hoped a full program would be available sometime next week.
"What we are hoping to have is a variety of local artists to suit all ages provided on voluntary basis saving council much resources and celebrating the talents of the region," he said.
"The program is likely to include an Australiana theme with bush poets, local choirs, jazz, solo performers and country musicians."
Representing the Warwick Senior Citizens on the Australia Day committee, president Joe Owens said there would be a suitable Australiana theme to the celebrations.
"We think the emphasis on Australia Day should be on Australian music and the Australian way of life," he said.
"You will be pleasantly surprised by a big day of entertainment and music."
Mr Owens is one of the performers set to take the stage at the Leslie Park rotunda with his band, The Grumpies.
Along with his four bandmates Mr Owens said the musical group would be well rehearsed to showcase a full program of Australian music.
"We play for charities across the region throughout the year and we don't charge them anything for that," he said. "We also play every month for the Senior Citizens for our music mornings."
The celebrations will begin at 6.30am with a breakfast provided by members of the Rotary Club of Warwick and the Warwick Lions Club.
Entertainment will begin from 8am until 10am with the full program of entertainers still to be decided at the final committee meeting on January 12.
After the official ceremony and presentation of Australia Day awards and the national anthem sung by the choral society more entertainment will take the stage from noon onwards.
10-11.30am: Official program
Noon onwards: Entertainment in the park