Rise and shine time
HAD SES volunteers Felicity and Tess Reardon stood on the same spot in Nelson Reserve during the floods as they were yesterday they would be under four metres of water.
Tomorrow instead of helping out the flood recovery effort they will be relaxing in front of some of the best music talent around featured in the Rise and Shine Queensland tour.
Country singer Gina Jeffreys, blues and roots singer Ash Grunwald, alt-country duo Texas Tea and 16-year-old rising star Sahara Beck will take to the stage from 1pm for an afternoon of great Aussie entertainment.
The free concert and barbecue is part of the State Government's partnership with the Queensland Music Festival and is delivering musical tours to regions hit by devastating weather earlier this year.
Premier Campbell Newman encouraged the Gympie Region to take a break and come along a free afternoon of live music and family activities.
"You all deserve it," he said.
Member for Gympie David Gibson agreed with Mr Newman's sentiments.
"Everyone knows Gympie's strong connections to country music through the Muster and this performance is a chance for locals to relax and reflect back upon our recovery from the floods so far," Mr Gibson said.
"Somehow it seems appropriate that Gina Jeffreys and Texas Tea will be performing on a stage at Nelson Reserve that was completely under water not once but twice this year."
"I'd encourage everyone to take a break and come down to enjoy the live music and family activities.
"It will be the perfect opportunity to take a break, reflect on the year and celebrate the Gympie community spirit."
Rise and Shine Queensland, which tours to ten communities across the state, is being programmed by Queensland Music Festival, led by artistic director James Morrison.
For further information visit http://www.qld.gov.au/riseandshine