Fitting tribute to bush carnival ambassador

TRIBUTE: This year's Brigalow Bush Carnival will be a tribute to one of the committee's great patrons, Gwenda Olm.
TRIBUTE: This year's Brigalow Bush Carnival will be a tribute to one of the committee's great patrons, Gwenda Olm. Contributed

AS THE finishing touches are put on this year's Brigalow Bush Carnival, committee members are putting in extra effort to make sure this event truly celebrates one of the community's great ambassadors.

This will be the first carnival since the passing of Gwenda Olm, and this year's event has rightfully been named in her honour.

The committee decided it would be fitting to remember the lady who worked tirelessly in the office ensuring many carnivals ran smoothly.

Secretary Greg Dalgliesh said the decision was easy to make.

"The committee is like a family as many members have been involved for generations,” he said.

"We had a meeting and didn't tell Greg (Olm) and made the decision to recognise all she had done for the event.”

Greg Olm said the sentiment was a fitting tribute to his late wife, who loved the Brigalow Bush Carnival.

"The event meant so much to her and the community as well,” he said.

"Brigalow is a great community to work in and the event is such a wonderful day.

"We have had some tough times but it is one day we can come together and have a great day.

"That is what she loved about it.”

Gwenda worked in the office of the carnival for 25 years, co-ordinating the day behind the scenes.

In recognition of her efforts, a plaque will be laid at the offices in dedication to her.

Member for Maranoa David Littleproud will be on hand at the ceremony.

"I rang David (Littleproud) and told him about this plaque and he just jumped at the idea,” Mr Olm said.

"He said he was going to drop everything to be there for the ceremony.

"It is going to be a bit of an emotional day 'cause this is the first one she has missed.

"She was a people person. She did a lot and never asked for anything in return.”

There will be a fireworks display in the evening to celebrate the work Gwenda did for the committee as well as the community.

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