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Doubts over series future.

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1 Doubts over series future. on Mon May 25, 2015 3:49 pm

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THE future of the iconic Christmas carnivals series is uncertain after news promoter John Craven won't be continuing in the role.

Craven and his Victorian-based company Caribou Publications had a two-year agreement with the Sports Carnivals Association of Tasmania (SCAT), which expired at the end of the 2014-15 series.

Craven said yesterday that from a financial perspective, his company couldn't sustain its involvement.

Craven said while pleased with what had been achieved in trying to reinvigorate the ailing series over the past two years, he felt the job was "only half completed."

"When we were asked to become involved, we came up with a series of proposals, most of which were adopted by SCAT and the clubs," he said.

"I felt that we made some inroads, particularly with the Launceston and Burnie carnivals, but there is still a lot of work to do."

Among changes introduced in Craven's time as promoter included a revamp of scheduling to include main events within a shorter time frame and an extended criterium series.

Craven said he believed the criterium series should be retained in order to continue attracting the best cyclists.

Rod Walker, a member of the Devonport Athletic Club, has renewed his calls for a three-day Coastal "super carnival" to replace the current format.
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His idea would see Devonport Oval and Burnie's West Park alternate as the host venues from year to year.

"I see no reason why the Burnie Gift couldn't be run at the Devonport Oval, or the Latrobe Wheel at the Burnie track," Walker said.

"If we forget about parochialism and work together, we could create something big and special."

SCAT president Mike Gunson, who is overseas, could not be reached and vice-president Noel Pearce did not wish to comment.

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