Presidential election paves way for ‘new’ festival

FORMER President of the Jacaranda Festival Trevor Green announced his resignation "for personal reasons and nothing else" at the beginning of Tuesday's AGM after an eight-month tenure he said was unplanned but "rewarding, challenging and exciting".

He thanked the hard working executive who "have the festival at heart" and festival co-ordinator Donna Hunt for her commitment to the role which was a "great asset to the festival."

Mr Green said there was plenty of work ahead with a new report to guide them and enhance the event.

"Some of the new recommendations are ready for approval and discussion. One can only hope that the community gives its support.

"As we all know this great iconic festival is full of tradition and makes it a very unique festival that many other communities envy," he said as he congratulated everyone on that achievement.

And with that Mr Green left the meeting and the new office bearers for 2016 were announced:

President: Kristen Smith; 1st Vice President: Steve Cansdell; 2nd Vice President: Kelle Murphy; Hon. Secretary: Helen Templeton; Hon. Treasurer: Peg James; Executive Committee Members: Gordon Smith, Jeff Smith and Karen Hackett; Festival Patrons: Mayor Riche Williamson, Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis and Member for Page Kevin Hogan.

Change is in the air

While the consultant's festival report commissioned jointly by the Jacaranda Festival Committee and Clarence Valley Council will serve as a positive guide for its future, it was already causing a little friction at Tuesday night's meeting with some concerns about moving events like Picnic in the Park to the river end rather than hold it in its traditional base at Market Square.

While the explanations were forthcoming and logical, it seems there is a long road ahead for the new committee and its working groups to ensure they make the best of what they already have and enhance and improve the events that need adjusting to stay financial and relevant.

The next general meeting of the Jacaranda Festival Committee is on March 22, 5.30pm at Grafton District Services Club.

If you are interested in getting involved and securing the future of the festival as a volunteer or becoming a member, come along to the meeting or email the Jacaranda office: jacarandafest@bigpond.com



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