Panning proves to be golden

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS - Bron­wyn Wheatcroft

MA­REEBA ex­pe­ri­enced gold fever last week­end with the NQMA Gold Panning Cham­pi­onships that were held at Cen­te­nary Park on Satur­day.

Men and women of all ages had the chance to pan for gold and en­ter 10 events of­fer­ing win­ners cash and other prizes.

The event is held in con­junc­tion with the Ma­reeba mar­kets each year and was hailed a suc­cess once again this year with par­tic­i­pant num­bers on par with last year’s event.

North Queens­land Min­ers As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Fiona Abbey said the high­light of the day was see­ing kids go through and get­ting ex­cited about gold panning.

“Ev­ery year we have new people who have never done gold panning be­fore place in the event,” she said.

“Vince Macri was one of this year’s com­peti­tors who had never done gold panning be­fore and he placed in about three events which was re­ally ex­cit­ing.”

The open event win­ner was Ken Wil­son who won a metal de­tec­tor worth $800.

Pic­ture: Sup­plied

Tess Wil­lies is a vet­eran pan­ner with a num­ber of wins un­der her belt and she com­peted in Ma­reeba last week­end. She is also still an ac­tive miner in the Palmer River.

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