Car­ni­vale HQ

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

GEN­ER­OUS sup­port by build­ing own­ers the Speak­man fam­ily, in as­so­ci­a­tion with Raine and Horne’s David Cot­ton, has en­abled the or­gan­is­ers of this year’s Car­ni­vale to have the use of the for­mer Coco’s restau­rant build­ing as head­quar­ters.

Car­ni­vale gen­eral man­ager Roy Weavers is de­lighted with the op­por­tu­nity and says the new of­fice should be set up by Mon­day at the lat­est.

Help­ing him is Sylvia Healy, who has taken on an ad­min­is­tra­tive role with the Car­ni­vale or­gan­i­sa­tion. ‘‘It will be great if we can have the use of the build­ing through the Car­ni­vale pe­riod,’’ Mr Weavers said.

He said the HQ will be valu­able also as a VIP lounge, a meet­ing place, a broad­cast site and so on. He will seek to erect sig­nage soon to take ad­van­tage of the site’s prime Macrossan St lo­ca­tion.

Plan­ning is mov­ing ahead for one this year’s most novel Car­ni­vale at­trac­tions – the de­but of one of a pres­ti­gious Ja­panese Yabusame tour­na­ment.

This is the first time an ac­cred­ited tra­di­tional Ja­panese horse­back archery event has ever been sched­uled out­side of Ja­pan.

Yabusame is a dis­play of skill and show­man­ship that has not been seen in Aus­tralia be­fore and this year 16 en­trants from across Asia in­clud­ing Ja­pan and Malaysia will com­pete at Car­ni­vale’s Yabusame tour­na­ment dur­ing the Fam­ily Beach Day at Four Mile Beach on Satur­day, May 17.

The Yabusame tour­na­ment is ex­pected to be one of the high­lights of the day, fol­lowed by the Me­dieval Joust­ing Com­pe­ti­tion fea­tur­ing the Knights of Camelot who will ride in full ar­mour and thrill spec­ta­tors with a dis­play from me­dieval days.

‘‘This is the first time a Yabusame event has been seen in Aus­tralia and we are look­ing for­ward to in­tro­duc­ing it at Car­ni­vale,’’ Mr Weavers said.

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