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Biloela aged care service 30 years young

WAHROONGA Retirement Village is celebrating 30 years of caring for the Biloela community this month. It will mark the occasion with an open day, a bull riding competition, a fete and a dinner.

The aged care service's manager Lorna Perrett invited the community to get involved in the events and enjoy the fun. 

"Come and help us celebrate 30 years of providing quality aged care to the Callide and Dawson Valley," she said.

Lorna said the service recently had undergone a facelift and she looked forward to showcasing the village.

"We are holding an open day on Wednesday 12 September from 10am to 2pm and the community are invited to come along and take a site tour," she said.

"Staff will be available to answer enquiries."

A fun-filled anniversary banquet dinner featuring live entertainment and memorabilia will be held at the Biloela ANZAC Memorial Club on 13 September from 6.30pm.

On 14 September Wahroonga will hold a fete featuring home baked goodies, fresh local produce, beautiful handmade crafts, giftware and clothing.

Visitors can while away the hours enjoying a barbecue, cold drinks, live entertainment, a jumping castle, white elephant stall, chocolate wheel and raffles. There will also be a merry-go-round, toad races, Amazing Zorb Balls and gladiators. 

Among the attendees will be resident and famous artist Hazel Mann who has been colouring the cultural life of Biloela for decades since her time as a founding member of the Brigalow Arts Festival Committee.

Around 30 paintings decorate the walls of the service where she continues to find the inspiration to further develop her talents. 

"When you come to Wahroonga it doesn't take long to become one of the family and the people working here are very good," she said.

Former World War II prisoner of war Fred Medhurst will also be attending the events. He moved to Biloela in 1947 when around the population was around 2500.

"There are close to 7000 residents who live here now and a wide range of shops," he said.  

"I moved to Wahroonga Retirement Village in 2008 and the people here are very friendly.

"I live in a villa and my wife is in the nursing home so it's very handy.

"Biloela is a good place to live and it's only an hour and a half to Rockhampton." 

People interested in attending the events or setting up a stall should telephone Lorna Perrett on (07) 4992 3881.

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