Mayor buys Events NQ and prom­ises Carnivale in­volve­ment

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil Mayor Bob Man­ning has bought Events NQ and plans to keep Carnivale in Port Dou­glas as one of its big­gest at­trac­tions. Cr Man­ning’s fam­ily com­pany, Bel­mar Pty Ltd, bought the party and events hire com­pany last week. The mayor’s wife Claire said that she and their son Paul would run the busi­ness while Bob would be a di­rec­tor of the com­pany. Events NQ is in­volved with Port Dou­glas’s Carnival and or­gan­ises the pop­u­lar Food and Wine fes­ti­val, the Seafood Ex­trav­a­ganza and the Long­est Lunch. “We will continue to be in­volved with the spec­ta­cle of Carnivale and continue to help it to be the great event that it is,” Claire said. “We will be keep­ing all of the same 14 staff in our Cairns of­fice and our two peo­ple in Port Dou­glas. We have bought the events side of the busi­ness and the pre­vi­ous own­ers will re­tain the exhibitions part of the busi­ness but nat­u­rally we will li­aise and work to­gether when and where needed.” Mean­while, Cr Man­ning said his fam­ily had bought the busi­ness to high­light his and his fam­ily’s “con­fi­dence in Cairns and the fu­ture of the re­gion”.

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