The Mid Murray Council looks to appoint a Town Crier

Wanted: resident with a booming voice, big personality and a flair for entertainment to become a big-hearted ambassador for the Mid Murray community.

The Mid Murray Council is on the hunt for a Town Crier to create an ambassador for the region and lend a sense of occasion and formality at community events.

Traditionally, a Town Crier was appointed to spread information around the community at events.

The successful applicant in Mid Murray would attend functions and community events, such as the Swan Reach Music Festival and the Mannum Truck and Ute Show, to promote Council activities.

However, Mayor Dave Burgess said modern Town Criers still embodied the olden days, donning official dress, a tricorne hat and proudly announcing themselves with a bell and the familiar 'hear ye, hear ye'.

Mr Burgess said although the role has been traditionally been filled by men, the council was encouraging women to also apply.

“We are looking for someone with a big personality and we would love to see a woman land the role,” he said.

Although the position has been created for a sole 12 month period initially, Mr Burgess said there was potential for the role to be ongoing.

“With the right applicant, there is unlimited potential. We would love to see someone come in and make this position their own,” he said.

Although the position is honorary, he said the council would reimburse certain costs and has budgeted for the all-important uniform of traditional red and gold coat, tricorne hat and the requisite bell.

The role will be advertised in the coming weeks, in time for the Town Crier’s first public appearance at the Mannum Christmas Pageant.

“We’d love to have our new Town Crier up there on a float for all the community to see and enjoy… what a great Christmas gift to the local community.

“It will surely be an entertaining few days of interviewing,” he said.