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Call for Gold Rush Festival volunteers

Council is putting the call out to the community to help make this year’s Gold Rush Festival celebrations one of our best ever.

The Gympie Gold Rush Festival is being held from 18 – 20 October 2019 and includes an evening lantern parade, a carnival, and a community picnic day.

Council is seeking support from volunteers for the parade and carnival events with activities such as event registration, crowd marshalling, general event set up and pack up, event runners, assisting performers and bar service. 

Volunteers are being asked to commit to a 4-5 hour shift, with volunteers being able to nominate the types of activities they would like to do and their preferred times.

Council’s events team is hosting a volunteer briefing session at 6pm on Wednesday, 16 October 2019 to explain the different roles. 

People interested in volunteering for the festival will need to complete a volunteer application forms. Completed forms can either be emailed to or handed in at the volunteer briefing session.

To find out more and to download a copy of the application form, visit

Mayor's Column - Wednesday, 16th October 2019 Mayor's Column - Wednesday, 16th October 2019

This weekend is the annual Gold Rush Festival, which is a celebration of our history as the ‘town that saved Queensland.’ 
The festival kicks off with a parade on Friday night. This is a change from previous parades and we are very much looking forward to the illuminated paper lanterns and floats as they make their way down Mary Street from 7pm, with a number of local schools involved creating and building their own lanterns. I recommend getting there early to ensure you don’t miss out. 

It will be a great event to watch and a great way to support our local community. Once you’ve enjoyed the parade, there will be live entertainment, food vans, street performers and kids rides in Mary street until 9pm.
Saturday is the Gold Rush Carnival from 2pm at Lake Alford and the Gold Mining Museum. There will be markets, two stages of live music, vintage games, a beard competition, and rides. Saturday night will be one not to miss with the Gold Rush Festival Carnival Fire Event from 7pm. Not to mention the fireworks. And just a reminder to keep our pets inside and safe. 
These community events delivered by Council are a great way to connect and enjoy all we have to offer, showcasing both our history and our region. For the full program, head to the council website.
Last Saturday night I was honoured to attend and present at the Gympie Chamber of Commerce Business Awards at the Civic Centre. Congratulations to the Business of the Year, Hair Review, and to all those who not only received an award, but were nominated. Congratulations must also go to the Gympie Chamber of Commerce for their work organising and running such a great event. 
See you all at the Gold Rush Festival!

Mayor Mick Curran 

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