Surely it’s just a co­in­ci­dence

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

CO­CONUT is not one for con­spir­acy the­o­ries, but this one seems in­trigu­ing. Tourism Trop­i­cal North Queens­land sent out an email to its data­base of mem­bers this week en­cour­ag­ing them to get in­volved in Car­ni­vale. The only thing is, the only events it was pro­mot- ing were the Long­est Lunch and Food, Wine and a Taste of Port - the two events owned by Events NQ, which is owned by the fam­ily of Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil Mayor Bob Man­ning. With coun­cil pro­vid­ing TTNQ with hun­dreds of thou­sands of dollars in fund­ing each year, Co­conut is sure is was just a co­in­ci­dence that TTNQ’s call to ac­tion re­lated only to those two events. When Co­conut con­tacted TTNQ to ask if the Mayor had re­quested some en­cour­age­ment on Events NQ’s be­half, a spokes­woman clar­i­fied ‘‘I can’t an­swer that, only ex­plain the process. The events which were in­cluded in last’s week’s mem­ber com­mu­ni­ca­tion were the two key events for this week­end and the only ones that I re­ceived me­dia re­leases for.’’ That’s that cleared up then.

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