Gold Fever - Gympie Gold Rush



The year 2013 started badly for Gold Rush with the Australia Day Floods destroying our office, our assets and equipment acquired over many years. With all that disaster and destruction, members could have been forgiven for walking away from that devastating mess and closing up shop for ever. Lesser beings than the Gold Rush Management Committee team and members would have done just that but we are made of stronger stuff. At this stage in my report I wish to thank you all for your heartfelt support and effort getting over that awful time.

However, every dark cloud has a silver lining and our organisation came through 2013 stronger financially and stronger in self resilience. Flood grant funding helped replace our office equipment and assets, tiled our floors, bought paint and cleaning products and with a lot of hard work by members, Gold Rush come back stronger than ever.

Gympie GoldRush Festival

Once again I must thank our major sponsors Gympie RSL Club, ‘The Gympie Times’, National Australia Bank, Gympie Regional Council, Hi-Way 1 and 4GY for supporting the Festival, monetary wise and for their in-kind support. I also would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers who gave of their time and effort and the community that supported our raffles and fund raising events.

Our de-brief meeting last November brought with it positive feedback from members and the general public alike. Along with the many constructive comments sent, I believe Gold Rush is well on the way to being ahead of the changing trends. We believe that our format is right and that it will carry us though in future years.

This year, our big day will be Saturday, 18 October. This will be a day full of fun and activities. All events will be held at Nelson Reserve. Commencing at 11:00am with the Car and Bike Show (this event introduced in 2013 was a clear winner). It will also be the second year for the Rickshaw Racing Championships professionally planned and managed on the day and the return of the popular Great Chefs Challenge. Gold Rush has listened to the complaints about people and floats sitting in the hot sun and the Parade will commence an hour later than past years at 4:00pm, with the parade finishing at Nelson Reserve. Where the family party and fun continues, culminating in a huge laser light show and techno dancing as the finale.

Gympie GoldRush Festival

Gold Rush also got the message of what the public want, so along with food vendors’ sites we will also have lots of market stalls sites, selling a wide range of products with live entertainment and bands all day. This will all happen with the best sound systems we can hire as well as providing something for everyone on the day.

My message to the Gympie Regional Council is that the Gold Rush Festival is about celebrating Gympie’s past and the Gympie of today. So please, in order to provide Gympie with all this excitement; no construction to take place in the Reserve this coming October. The last three years digging up the park has mucked the Festival concept around enough. With just a bit of consideration, a lot of help from our members and volunteers, I will go out on a limb and say Festival 2014 will be the best ever.

The Gold Rush Festival in 2014 runs from 12 to 18 October.

Jan Collins
Gold Rush Association

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