Lorelea early starter in Jaca quest

JUGGLING full-time work with her passion for makeup artistry has helped Grafton girl Lorelea Abele become a whiz with time management.

Now Lorelea, 22, has decided to make the most of those skills, as well as her passion for her home town, and is one of the first cabs off the rank to nominate to be this year's Jacaranda Queen.

Lorelea is a creditor clerk at LG Caldwell & Sons Calstar Bearings and is sponsored by the Grafton Women's and Men's bowling clubs.

She said she considered nominating in the past but decided to this year because she wanted to be involved in festival's 75th anniversary, and Grafton's 150th year of local government.

“It's a big thing for the town this year,” she said.

Lorelea was born in Grafton and has spent most of her life here, except for a year and a half in Brisbane and the Gold Coast after she finished school. While she was in Queensland she completed a course at Napoleon Perdis Make Up Academy, which sparked her passion for all things make up related.

Today, she provides a freelance make up service for weddings, school formals and other special occasions.

“I'm busy every weekend, but I love it,” she said.

Although she enjoyed spreading her wings, Lorelea said she glad to come home to family, friends, and the conveniences of the Clarence Valley in 2006.

“It's great to have everything so close to home,” she said.

Lorelea said she already had a few ideas for fundraising events this year.

“My aim is to do something that everyone can relate to,” she said.

As well as her freelance make up service, Lorelea is also interested in music, particularly singing and playing the guitar.

“It's a big thing for the town this year”

Lorelea Abele


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