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Local students help illuminate our streets

Arts and drama students from years nine to 12 from Gympie State High School, James Nash High School, Cooloola Christian College and St Patrick’s College have been working hard these past three months preparing for an exciting new addition to this year’s Gold Rush Festival parade.

The students, along with a group of Skilling for Education and Employment participants, have been working under the guidance of artist Rozina Suliman to construct and decorate large scale sculptural bamboo, cane and paper lanterns.

“It’s been great to be able to share some of my experience with the students who will get the satisfaction of knowing that what they have helped to create will be on display for the whole community to see and enjoy as part of the Gold Rush Festival parade,” said Rozina.

“It’s something that is big and bold and new for the Gympie region, which is a wonderful experience for the young people that I’ve been working with and something they can be very proud of.”

The lanterns will feature in this year’s parade which is being held as part of the Friday evening celebrations from 6:00pm-9:00pm on 18 October 2019 in Mary Street, Gympie. The parade is set to commence at 7:00pm.

The inspiration for the lanterns comes from 19th century machinery used in and around Gympie during the gold rush years.

The large-scale lanterns will be complemented by hundreds of smaller, LED-lit machinery props, such as cogs and wheels, that will be made and paraded by local primary school students.

The new addition of the lanterns and props will complement the much-loved Gympie tradition of floats built and paraded by many community groups, schools, clubs, organisations, individuals and businesses, which means that this year’s parade is expected to be bigger than ever.

To register your business or community float for the parade, visit Registration is free and close Wednesday 16 October 2019. 

Float entrants are being encouraged to think about the twilight timing of this year’s parade and consider creatively illuminating their floats.

Following the parade, the celebrations will continue in Mary Street with live music, food vans, street performers and kids rides.

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, 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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