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Get your Gold Rush Festival Carnival program and site map

The Gold Rush Festival Carnival is on this Saturday from 2pm at Lake Alford.

Council has released a program and site map for the carnival celebrations.

Some features of the carnival include:

• a Bootleg Bar where people can sample a huge range of craft beer from our licensed bar area

• more than 25 food trucks from across South East Queensland

• an array of games, obstacles and challenges that will be as fun to watch as they will be to get involved with

• a variety of performances on the main stage and throughout the carnival with live music and roaming performers

• a free circus playground with trained circus professionals to share tips and tricks

• an Old Ways ‘n’ Wares showcase so the community can experience the old-time skills of blacksmithing, spoon carving, lapidary, basket weaving, and bee keeping and many other skills in action, as well as participate in how-to workshops

• various performances by the Gympie Historical Re-enactment Association

• a chance to discover real gold in the fossicking area.

The Gold Mining and Historical Museum will also have free entry all day so people can explore Gympie’s rich collection of stories and exhibits.

At 4pm, finalists of the Nashy’s Big Beard Bonanza compete for a range of prizes and the coveted trophy of Best Freestyle Moustache, Full Beard Freestyle, and Full Beard Natural Champion. Nashy’s Big Beard Bonanza is a hairy tribute to Gympie’s founding father James Nash.

From 7pm, the Gold Rush Fire Event will light up the sky with fireworks and a fire lighting ceremony supported by a range of performances. The event will also feature a large kinetic sculpture, a Chinese Lion Dance, and an array of world class musicians performing an original piece written specially for Gympie Gold Rush.

There will be plenty of parking options available on and around the site.

Nicholas Christopher Drive will be closed on Saturday 19 October, from 12pm – 9.30pm.

The Gympie Gold Rush Festival runs from 18-20 October and includes an evening parade, carnival day, and community picnic. Find out more at

Mayor's Column - Wednesday, 10th December 2019 Mayor's Column - Wednesday, 10th December 2019

Any sportsperson will tell you that generally the game, whatever the game, is not won or lost in the first five minutes; and planning for our future as a region is no different.

The announcement of the construction of the Bruce Highway upgrade next year is one such opportunity, with over 500 workers engaged with the project until 2025.  2017 seems a long time ago when I travelled to Canberra with my fellow Wide Bay Burnett mayors to support our federal member for this transformational project. Transport and Main Roads is also urging, as do I, local businesses to register with them to supply services.  It means that Gympie businesses will benefit and there will be opportunities for local employment. 

I am pleased to see the state government have announced that they will formally tend for the 2032 Olympics to come to South East Queensland and I have already met and spoken to our Premier regarding the opportunities our region can offer.  

The Wide Bay Burnett Council of Mayors, with myself as chair, have commenced advocating for another transformational project; the fast train between Brisbane and Bundaberg, which could also be transformational for our region.  

We also have a fantastic opportunity to review the Wide Bay Regional Plan which could see expansion and changed land use management right across our region; changes that will encourage sustainable development and opportunities with strong links to the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.  As a region, we have seen our economy grow over the last five years, but we can always do more.

I must also thank Minister Mark Furner, Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry for declaring drought status for our region.  While this will provide some relief for our primary producers, nothing short of good rainfall right across our region will break the dreadful drought we are experiencing.  If you are a person of faith, prayers for rain certainly won’t do any harm.  

Mayor Mick Curran 

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