David calls it a day

DAVID Johnson is passionate about his town.

In 1993 he kick-started the Milton Scarecrow Festival and Village Christmas Carols and has been involved in organising the Settler’s Fair, monthly markets and Milton Music Festival over the past two decades.

This month Mr Johnson will step down from the Milton Promotions committee.

He will leave a gaping hole in the organisation and is encouraging others to “step up” and take on the events that have made Milton the thriving cultural community it is today.

“It’s time for an injection of new energy and new ideas into the committee,” he said.

“I have been involved for 20 years and it’s time for me to take a step back.”

Mr Johnson said it was community events, including the Scarecrow Festival and Carols on the Green, that brought the community together and showcased young local talent.

“It has been wonderful to see so many local families enjoying these events over the years,” he added.

“They bring such a great atmosphere to Milton – people want to be part of it.”

Mr Johnson is calling on community members – parents, teenagers, grandparents, as well as shop keepers, business owners and their employees – to become involved in Milton Promotions Incorporated to ensure Milton continues to be a popular destination with locals and visitors alike.

“I hope more people get involved and encourage new ideas and new energy,” he said.

“Even if they can only play a small part, or help at one of the events, the town needs to come together to ensure there kind of activities continue in Milton.”

Mr Johnson will continue to work for the South Coast Leisure Times Magazine, promoting the South Coast from Stanwell Park to the border, and is an active member and involved in the promotion of the Mollymook Surf Club.

STEPPING DOWN: After two decades, David Johnson will no longer run Milton’s village festivals and a range of other events.

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