Car­ni­vale names boss

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.’’

Pic­ture: NEIL WEAVERS

HOT TO TROT: new Car­ni­vale gen­eral man­ager Roy Weavers

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