Oyez. Oyez. Toowoomba Regional Council today approved the appointment of Kevin Howarth as the Toowoomba Region Town Crier and Honorary Ambassador. Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said he was pleased to welcome Mr Howarth to the important ceremonial role.
Mayor Antonio said the Town Crierâ€™s position added a unique touch to many civic and community events and played an important role as a regional ambassador, particularly when appearing at external events. â€œCouncil will forever be indebted to the late Ralph Cockle, who was a wonderful Town Crier. Mr Cockle was admired and loved by residents across this region and further afield and left a fine legacy for his successors,â€ Mayor Antonio said.
â€œI am delighted to welcome Kevin Howarth to the position and know he will bring his enthusiastic personality and passion for our region and people to his new duties. The Crier has an important role to reinforce our Rich Traditions, Bold Ambitions motto and will feature prominently at major civic events such as citizenship ceremonies and at other important public functions.â€
TRC Tourism and Events portfolio leader Cr Geoff McDonald also welcomed the new Town Crier and said Mr Howarth would play a key role in welcoming residents and visitors to major tourist attractions such as the Carnival of Flowers.
â€œThe Town Crier traditionally leads the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Grand Central parade and a host of other events at Carnival time,â€ Cr McDonald said. â€œThe role also adds to the atmosphere at other events such as the Toowoomba CBD Christmas parade, Australia Day and Queensland Day activities and other major functions that involve visiting international or national dignitaries.â€
Council approved the position to be a four-year term in concurrence with the term of the Council. While the role is voluntary, Council provides a $5000 honorarium to cover relevant expenses.
A formal function to officially welcome the new Town Crier will be advised in the near future.