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Sport & Events

4 April, 2022

New face of Barra Bash

THE Tinaroo Barra Bash is under the watchful eye of a new event coordinator with Melissa Wilson officially being handed the title recently from event stalwart Ann Leighton.

By Rhys Thomas

Incoming Tinaroo Barra Bash event coordinator Melissa Wilson with outgoing coordinator Ann Leighton.

For years, Ann has been the voice and driving force behind the highly successful and well attended Tinaroo Barra Bash held at Tinaroo Dam each year. 

After nearly three decades, Ann announced her retirement in November last year and just two weeks ago, she officially stepped down with Melissa now taking her place. 

Melissa has some experience in organising events and was excited at the prospect of organising an event as large as the Barra Bash, although a little nervous. 

“Event coordination is not the problem, I’ve just never done a huge event before,” she said. 

“When I get into the planning of it, I will probably feel the nerves coming along. 

“I am definitely excited to get into it and learn from Ann as well.” 

She is not being thrown in the deep end however, as Ann has been steadily guiding Melissa through the ropes of the event and all its facets, including the best time to hold the event. 

Juggling moon cycles, other community events and a range of other factors, Melissa and the Tinaroo Barra Bash have announced that the 2022 event will take place on 9, 10 and 11 of September.

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