Hancock Prospecting chairperson Gina Rinehart.
Hancock Prospecting chairperson Gina Rinehart. Contributed/Darryl Peroni

Gina impressed with South Burnett’s Christmas spirit

AUSTRALIA'S richest person, Gina Rinehart, came to the South Burnett in an under-the-radar tour on the weekend.

Mayor Wayne Kratzmann revealed the mining magnate came to Kingaroy on Saturday to personally see some of the entrants in the council's Christmas Lights Competition.

The competition was given a boost when Ms Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting announced it would offer a holiday worth $15,000 to the first prize winner, as well as a raft of other prizes. 

Cr Kratzmann said he drove Mrs Rinehart around Kingaroy to have a look at some of the entrants.

"It was the first time I'd met her personally and she was very humble," Cr Kratzmann said.

"She was just thrilled to be here and learn more about the South Burnett area and Kingaroy."

They drove around Kingaroy streets including Nobby Way and Ivy Street, where some of the elaborate decorations caught Mrs Rinehart's eyes.

"She noticed there were people dressed up as Santa Claus and people dressed up as elves and Gina asked if we could get out and see if we could get a photo," Cr Kratzmann said.

"When I said to people I've got Gina Rinehart in the car they thought I was pulling their leg."

Ms Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting has invested in a Wagyu operation on agricultural land purchased across the South Burnett.

Did you meet Gina Rinehart on the weekend? Let us know on 4162 9734 or barclay.white@southburnetttimes.com.au. 

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