The Gympie Gold Rush Festival.
The Gympie Gold Rush Festival.

Gold Rush back to beginnings

THE ghost of James Nash would not have had far to walk for breakfast yesterday.

Organisers of this year’s Gold Rush festival, which commemorates Nash’s gold discovery, invited supporters to join them in an excellent spread at their new headquarters, just across the Five Ways intersection from where the discovery was made.

Gold Rush president Jan Collins said the new headquarters gave Gold Rush a CBD home next to the Post Office, courtesy of the generous support of job-finding organisation, Advanced Personal Management.

APM executives explained that their organisation aimed to help people with disabilities find work.

“We have an office, we have a home and we have a place where people can pick up tickets or have a cup of coffee,” Mrs Collins said.

“And just across there is where James Nash found gold,” she told hardy supporters, who turned out on a frigid Gympie morning to help mark the occasion.

And while hot coffee and toasted sandwiches hit the spot, the near-zero conditions outside greatly reduced demand for an equally impressive platter of fresh fruit, all of it courtesy of Cafe Charlie in Mary St.

Mrs Collins also thanked 4GY and The Gympie Times.

“The community is marvellous to us,” she said.

Mrs Collins was appointed president of the Gympie Gold Rush Festival committee last year, after a past that included 21 years on the Darwin City Council.

“The festival will become the greatest event, as it should be, in this area,” she said.

APM’s support has given the festival new CBD offices, a kitchen and meeting rooms.

Gympie Times


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