New Gold Rush Festival committee president Jan Collins.
New Gold Rush Festival committee president Jan Collins.

Gold Rush Festival has new leader

AFTER 21 years on the Darwin City Council, Jan Collins has all the qualities of a good leader.

Her recent appointment as the president of the Gympie Gold Rush Festival Committee surprised a few members of the community but with the full support of the committee behind her, Mrs Collins is determined to rebuild the festival to its rightful place as the premier festival in the region.

The Gold Rush committee held its annual general meeting on Wednesday night with more than 30 members attending and outgoing president David Crossley declared all committee positions vacant. A vote was taken and Mrs Collins was elected president, Terry Daw vice-president and Francoise Gregory as festival co-ordinator.

In accepting the position, Mrs Collins acknowledged the formidable task ahead of her to rebuild the festival’s credibility after a large sum of money was stolen by the committee treasurer last year.

“We had some hard times in 2009, and it is credit to the past committee that it lasted the distance,” she said.

Mrs Collins called on the Gympie community to support the Gold Rush and said her main concern was building the event up to be the top festival for this area.

“Gold Rush will go ahead in October, as usual," she said.

Mrs Collins became a member of the Gold Rush committee because she wanted to get involved in her new community when she moved from Darwin in 2008.

“I was asked to stand for the role of president. People have confidence in my ability.”

Gympie Times


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