Carnivale names boss
PORT Douglas resident and media identity Roy Weavers, newly appointed general manager of the Carnivale, and has hit the ground running.
Though only announced as the new boss last Friday, Mr Weavers has a firm fix on what needs to be done.
‘‘Next week we start getting meetings together with the various stakeholders – people such as event managers – and then I’ve got to see what the list of corporate sponsors looks like, plus get some new ones,’’ Mr Weavers said.
The Carnivale’s budget breaks about even, he said, but he would like the non-profit to do better than that. ‘‘I’d be looking to see if we can get a little bit of funds in the bank so we’re not starting from scratch each year, and we have something to start off with.’’
He said the organisation has been ticked for some funding by the shire council, but this was a delicate situation until the shire budget was known and any funding allocation to the Carnivale was approved.
‘‘It’s all about the new council,’’ he said.
Tropical Events Queensland may also be a contributor.
Mr Weavers is keen to make Carnivale live up to TEQ’s funding criteria.
‘‘First, it asks how well the event looks after the locals,’’ he said.
‘‘Second, does it draw visitors from outside the area?’’
‘‘That’s how TEQ thinks – you have to be able to meet point two.
‘‘We have to build Carnivale up so people want to come, whether they’re locals, from within Australia, or from overseas.
‘‘There are quite a number who come here and I want to increase that.
‘‘I want to make people be positive about Carnivale again.’’
Thinking about the tourism industry comes naturally to Mr Weavers, whose background in media and marketing showed through in his advocacy of the tourism and events industry while he was campaigning as a candidate at the recent shire elections.
In fact, it was while he was out and about campaigning that someone suggested he put his hand up for the Carnivale post.
‘‘I thought I can’t just talk about the message, I should put my money where my mouth is.’’
HOT TO TROT: new Carnivale general manager Roy Weavers