A central Queensland town is planning its own farewell for a locally born actor who died last month.
A memorial service will be held at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Brisbane today for Bille Brown, known as 'the Boy from Biloela'.
Banana Shire Mayor Ron Carige says he went to school with the actor but cannot get to today's service due to flooding in the region.
"No, not at the moment. I'm just stuck here with all the issues going on here and we're organising our own event in Biloela
"Bille's sister's going to come up and we're going to have our own event in Biloela itself."
He says he has fond memories of Brown.
"I went to school with Bille and [he was a] good friend, tremendous attitude to life," he said.
"Always an actor all through his school and everything else but he certainly put Biloela on the map as far as culture goes."
His career took him to the West End in the UK and in the US he appeared on Broadway.