Carnivale gets funded
CARNIVALE has secured funding from the Cairns Regional Council of up to $50,000 cash and in-kind assistance of $15,000.
However, the conditions have been put on the $ 50,000, with the first instalment of $25,000 payable on signing the agreement and subsequent instalments based on production of part acquittals and the size and timing of the final cash instalment being conditional on the Douglas Chamber of Commerce providing a satisfactory acquittal report within 60 days of the event.
Port Douglas Carnivale manager Ken Dobbs said they are grateful to receive the amount of money they requested, even with conditions attached.
‘‘We’ve got the money, there are conditions attached that will make it more difficult to manage the process than previous years, however, it wont affect our ability to stage the event,’’ he said.
Division 10 councillor Julia Leu was not as thrilled at the decision made by council in yesterday’s ordinary meeting and had tried to get the money provided up front, as has been done in previous years.
‘‘It appears that a proposed revision of policy is being applied to this event, prior to its introduction,’’ she said.
‘‘I am concerned that the Port Douglas Carnivale event is being singled out for special treatment with unnecessary hoops to jump through, particularly as the Cairns Festival is very well resourced with cash and Council staff support as well.’’
Carnivale will be staged from May 17-26.