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KAP political communication: Dametto applauds Maraka Queen entrants

Nick Dametto MP with Lady of the Lourdes students at Ingham Maraka Festival 2018

The return of Ingham’s much-loved Maraka event in 2021 has seen Member for Hinchinbrook Nick Dametto wish this year’s six entrants best of luck for the Queen Crowning Presentation on October 30.

This year’s Maraka Queen entrants are Ava Stanford, Claudine D’Emden, Imogen Batty, Jessie Gofton, Karli Casanovas, Mackenzie Di Bartolo and Taneale Engler.

Mr Dametto said the Hinchinbrook community was excited to welcome back Maraka after the event was cancelled last year due to COVID-19.

“Maraka has been running since 1959, it’s a culturally significant event to the shire and one we all look forward to each year,” he said.

“It’s an event that encourages young woman to get involved with the community, build relationship with others and inspires younger generations. The experience also teaches entrants valuable life skills like leadership, responsibility, and communication.

“I encourage those in Townsville, Cardwell and nearby surrounds to visit Ingham for the weekend and enjoy the day.

“I would like to wish the Maraka Queen and Princess entrants best of luck for the crowning, it’s going to be a hard decision for the judges.  I hope you all enjoy the experience and have fun.

“Organising Maraka takes a lot of legwork, there’s a lot of entertainment and activities planned. Thank you to the President and Committee who have worked tirelessly for a successful event.”

President Lynette Croton said the event run by local service clubs is a good time for everyone young and old to meet up and enjoy the festivities.

“The meaning of Maraka is an Aboriginal word meaning pleasant evening or happy get together,” she said.

“This year we have around 20 floats from local schools, businesses and individuals. Lead by our sponsors Ergon Energy, Hinchinbrook Shire Council. followed by the Thuringowa Pipe Band.

“The NQIB Mardi Gras and entertainment starts on stage at 5.30pm, crowning of the Maraka Princesses is at 7.30pm, the Bakehouse on Central Fireworks will commence at 8pm and the crowning of the Royal Hotel Maraka Queens begins at 9.30pm.

“There is lots of local entertainment, amusements rides, the drawing of spot the window competition, raffles, and donations.”

Karli Casanovas, Maraka Queen entrant, sponsored by Rotary Club of Hinchinbrook, Hinchinbrook Shire Council, Damos Work Wear, J & B Marine, Shades N Blades and Bree Camp Makeup is excited to support Maraka and give back to the community.

“I am feeling excited about bringing the community together as one for a happy gathering to celebrate how, as a community, we can all work together to encourage the Hinchinbrook Way.

“Maraka Festival shows off Ingham’s lifestyle and just proves that our small community as businesses, individuals and community members are always willing to support and assist one another.

“It also gives younger generations a chance to ‘have a go’ and ‘help one another’ whilst celebrating Ingham’s culture.”

Mr Dametto said he looked forward to congratulating the Maraka Queen and Princess entrants and catching up with the community at the Parade this Saturday.

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