Craig Warhurst
Craig Warhurst

A worthy tribute to Desiree

THE decision by the Gympie Regional Council to approve the installation of a memorial to champion bush jockey Desiree Gill is one I applaud.

An 1.8m tall marble bust of Desiree will be erected in the mounting yard at the Gympie Turf Club.

It will stand in the garden reminding race goers of her hard work, dedication and the dangers of being a jockey.

Like our Mayor Ron Dyne, I'm not one for erecting monuments to every person who dies, but Desiree is deserving.

She was a wonderful person, a great competitor on the track and off and dedicated to the Gympie and Queensland racing industries.

Desiree was good enough to move to the big city and chase the massive dollars on offer for jockeys.

But she preferred the country lifestyle and become one of most enduring and successful sportspeople.