PROSERPINE is all set to welcome the 2015 Queensland Maroons State of Origin Team, who are touching down at the airport tomorrow at 9.30am.
The sporting stars will be welcomed by the Proserpine community, senior and junior rugby league teams and representatives from Whitsunday Regional Council.
Mayor Jennifer Whitney said this was a brilliant opportunity for the whole town and the broader region to turn out in Maroon and show their support as the team looked to take the series out in the decider at Suncorp Stadium next week.
"Regional Queensland is the heart and soul of the State of Origin team - many of the players come from regional Queensland and for the team to take the time to visit Proserpine and the broader Whitsunday Region is a once a lifetime (experience) for many people," she said.
"On behalf of the people of Proserpine and the broader Whitsunday region, I would like to welcome and thank the Queensland State of Origin team for coming to our home. We are thrilled that the Queensland Rugby League chose Proserpine as the host town of the State of Origin Fan Day and appreciate the effort in making this happen.
"This will be a huge day for Proserpine, something that will be long remembered by the locals and those that have travelled from all parts of our region."
Cr Whitney said Council also recognised and thanked all those within the community who had worked tirelessly to make the event a reality.
She said these included Kevin Young from the Proserpine Whitsunday Junior Rugby League Club, Mick Malone from the Whitsunday Brahmans Rugby League Club, various committee members, Operations Manager of the QRL Northern Division, Carolyn Craig, and Rod Cousins and Julie Wright from Whitsunday Regional Council.
In recognition of this special occasion, Whitsunday Regional Council commissioned local artist, Con Jansen, to create a set of replica cane knives, one for each squad member, with the handle on each knife made with different local timbers.
The Queensland Maroons State of Origin Team will take part in a street parade through Proserpine's Main St. starting at 10.45am and followed by an official luncheon at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre at midday.
Following the official luncheon a fan day and development clinic will be held at the Les Stagg Oval from 1.40-3pm.