From planning and delivering major events such as Jetty 2 Jetty, Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival and Redcliffe KiteFest, the events team at Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism (MBRIT) is kept busy working behind the scenes to ensure these events are memorable for the right reasons.
The Moreton Bay Region is renowned for hosting some of the biggest, best and most unique festivals and events in the country and MBRIT Events, Marketing and Sponsorship Manager Melissa Gooderham says some take six months or longer to plan.
“The Jetty 2 Jetty Fun Run and Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival are two of our events that have the longest lead times,” Melissa says.
“They can take anywhere between eight to nine months to plan, so that means a lot of meetings.
“Redcliffe KiteFest usually takes us roughly four months to plan.
“They are all really big jobs, but having worked in this industry for a long time, it’s second nature now.”
Melissa has been in her role for almost 10 years and oversees a hard-working team.
“I have eight people in my team – six people in the major events team and two in the community events team – and they are responsible for looking after the 60-70 events we host each year,” Melissa explains.
“It is my job to ensure every single one of them becomes the best event manager they can be, so each of them will be the lead co-ordinator at their designated events.”
In addition, Melissa also liaises with the Moreton Bay Regional Council to ensure all the components for community and tourism contracts for these events are met.
Melissa says what she loves most about her job is helping people create memories with their families, which is “what these events do”.
About MBRIT events team
From major festivals, sporting competitions, celebrations of local produce, arts and cultural activities, live music and concerts, to an array of family friendly and community events across the region, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
The MBRIT events team delivers 60-70 events each year.
In addition to the major events listed above, it also are responsible for smaller community events such as the Caboolture Festival, Movies in the Park, Music in the Park, Pooches in the Park, Teddy Bears’ Picnics and Christmas Carols during the festive season.
The team is also responsible for five business events, including the Moreton Bay Business and Innovation Awards, as well as working with Steve Butler from Innovate Moreton Bay to help him deliver several social get-togethers.
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