Car­ni­vale gets funded

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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