TUNE IN: Roy and Heather Waites have a lot to offer the Warwick community.
TUNE IN: Roy and Heather Waites have a lot to offer the Warwick community. Bianca Hrovat

Seniors to kick up heels for their big bash

THOUSANDS of seniors will be throwing on their dancing shoes this week to celebrate the contribution they make to their community.

People aged 65 and over make up over 20 per cent of the Warwick population and their presence can be felt everywhere from the delicious QCWA cakes down to the very core of country resilience.

Mayor Tracy Dobie said it was important to take the time to listen to the advice of our parents and grandparents, particularly during tough times.

"People who have been around our region for many decades have a lot of really important advice,” she said.

"Much of what we see today has already been done before.”

Cr Dobie said Seniors Week, August 17-25, gave the community an opportunity to support seniors by providing opportunities for them to get out and about.

Warwick man Roy Waites said Seniors Week encouraged him and his wife Heather to get involved in their local Probus Club, where more than 30 members attend any one meeting.

"If you sit around at home you don't last long!” he said.

The group has weekly outings and leadership talks, encouraging senior residents of Warwick to appreciate their experience and share it with the wider community.

"Seniors set an example for everyone else,” Mr Waites said.

"There's lots of things they can pass on to other people.”

The couple aren't slowing down and have taken up the ukulele over the past year.

Mr Waites looks forward to playing with the U3A group at the Senior Citizens Centre at 9.30 this morning, with visitors encouraged to bring their "dancing shoes and yahoos.”

"There's a really strong seniors community in Warwick,” he said.

"More and more are coming every week!”

For more information visit www.sdrc.qld.gov.au