The Mareeba Multicultural Festival Committee has seen a changing of the guard as they welcomed their new President Jennifer Murat this week.
Ms Murat, 29, has taken over from former President Giuliano Cordenos who was in the role for the better part of 20 years.
Ms Murat has been a committee member for seven years, the last four of which saw her serve as the Secretary.
Ms Murat said it is an honour to be named the new President of the committee, and alluded to the enormous growth the Mareeba Multicultural Festival experienced under Mr Cordenos’ two-decade long leadership, something she hopes to continue herself.
“I was first inspired to be involved with the Mareeba Multicultural Festival as both my parents are Albanian,” she said.
“So the opportunity to represent my heritage along with the Mareeba community was something I couldn’t pass up.
“And to see that dedication pay off in the form of being named President is a huge honour.”
Ms Murat said she can’t wait to take on the responsibilities that come with the presidency role.
“I am well aware that I have enormous shoes to fill,” she said.
“However in saying that, Giuliano has taught me so much since I’ve been on the committee and has provided me with support whenever I’ve needed it, so he has been integral in helping me prepare for this position.
“It was an absolute privilege to have been given the opportunity to work alongside him.”
Ms Murat said given the festival’s continued success over the past two decades, there won’t be too many changes under her leadership this year.
“Giuliano laid such a great foundation and I just want to keep that going,” she said.
“I’m confident however that I’ll bring a strong dedication and work ethic to the role to ensure the Mareeba Multicultural Festival runs smoothly – and that will be my main focus for my first year as President.”
Ms Murat said the committee will be holding monthly meetings to prepare for the event later this year, and she encouraged the Mareeba community to come out and show their support.
“It is a wonderful family outing free of charge that brings the community together,” she said.
“There will be food stalls, live entertainment plus much more that caters to people of all ages.
“It’s also a chance to celebrate the vast number of cultures we have in this region which have helped shape this community.”
Ms Murat said she would also like to extend thanks to her fellow committee members for believing in her and recognising her capability of filling the President’s role.
The Mareeba Multicultural Festival will be on Saturday, August 31.