2016 Jacaranda Festival president Kristen Smith
2016 Jacaranda Festival president Kristen Smith Adam Hourigan

New president keen to secure future of festival

A BUSINESS decision to sponsor to the Jacaranda Festival four years ago also reignited a passion for the event which culminated in gaining the presidency role for Clarenza's Kristen Smith at Tuesday night's Jacaranda Festival annual general meeting.

The owner of the Grafton's Telstra shop, who has a long love of the floral festival, was appointed uncontested into the position of president after Trevor Green announced he would not be standing again.

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Kristen said she found out on Monday about his decision to step down and didn't waste any time putting her nomination in.

"It was quick but thought I'd just step-up-to-the-plate do it," the former South High student said.

"I've always gone and participated in the festival and loved all the events like the crowning and the floats. I've only ever missed one crowning."

Kristen's business sponsored the 2014 Jacaranda Queen Emily (Causley) Lewis and she has been a member of the executive before taking on her new responsibility.

"I'm excited about delivering on the festival changes recommended in the recent report (by consultant Krista Hauritz). I'll be working closely with Donna (Hunt - festival co-ordinator) making sure the festival is vibrant and great to look at as well as being financially stable.

"I've got a background in business, so I'll be drawing on that experience as well."



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