Tourism and Events CEO quits
MAJOR events in Warwick could be in jeopardy following the shock resignation this afternoon of Warwick Tourism and Events (WTE) chief executive officer Bev Marston.
Ms Marston forwarded her brief two-paragraph letter resigning from the position to members of the organisation’s board, with WTE funded by the Southern Downs Regional Council but operating as an arm’s length company.
In her letter the outgoing CEO said it was "with some regret" that she would leave the position, with her decision understood to be related to continued uncertainty over the future of WTE as a major overhaul of tourism promotion in the region looms.
Ms Martson will formally leave the role on October 30, the Saturday of the Warwick Rodeo weekend.
During her tenure since 2007, Ms Marston has been closely involved in the expansion of the popular Jumpers and Jazz Festival, which it is feared could be under threat due to her departure, along with the annual Business Excellence Awards.
She was also at the centre of controversy over changes to the format and location of the Mardi Gras event on the Friday night of the October Rose and Rodeo Festival in the past two years.
Local tourism sources yesterday said it was possible WTE could be disbanded altogether, with the lack of a firm vision for its future likely to make the recruitment of a replacement for Ms Marston all but impossible.
Ms Marston is understood to have been appointed to a similar tourism and events role at Exmouth in Western Australia.
Her husband Steve has run Warwick Country Tours in recent times and has been involved with the Southern Downs Steam Railway Association.