Councillor Graham Engeman is stepping down as Gympie Show president to focus on his role at council.
Councillor Graham Engeman is stepping down as Gympie Show president to focus on his role at council. Craig Warhurst

Gympie Show president resigns

GYMPIE District Show Society president Graham Engeman has decided it’s time to call it quits and is stepping down from the role.

Also a Gympie Regional councillor, he said his job at council was “terribly demanding” and he wanted to give others a go.

Cr Engeman has been the president for the past 10 years.

He will have seven more days in the role before someone new takes over at the show society annual general meeting on September 8.

Gympie businessman Lars Hedberg is the only nominations so far, to take over as president.

But stepping down from the top job doesn’t mean Cr Engeman won’t be involved with the show in some capacity in the future.

He is looking forward to helping out as a member of the show society.

“In itself (president) is a really busy job,” he said.

“I’ve enjoyed it and it’s been a good challenge.

“It’s a great community organisation, but like everything else it is very demanding.

“I will be a little sad, but I am pleased with what we have achieved as a group in the last 10 years.”

Since starting as show society president Cr Engeman said he has seen profit margins grow from $850 to $30,000 and said the society was now gearing up to make a $70,000 investment in an undercover arena.

During the 10 years he has been president Cr Engeman has introduced a new constitution, organised new fencing, a roof on the Bill Bishop Stand and worked on a start to upgrading power.

Cr Engeman said he thought the new committee would be “very good” and “well balanced”.

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