Fulton Hogan Backs Tassie Carnivals



Expanding Australasian construction company Fulton Hogan has increased its naming rights commitment to the 2017-18 Tasmanian Christmas Carnivals, amid substantial changes to the iconic event’s traditional format. 


For the first time in 131 years, the carnivals will kick-off with a twilight cycling criterium festival in Ulverstone on Boxing Day – backed by the Central Coast Council and the Goodstone Group. 


After 80 years of conducting a two-day cycling-athletics-wood chopping extravaganza, the Devonport Athletic Club will revert to staging a single day-night super track carnival onSaturday, December 30. 


It will be preceded the evening before by a cycling criterium festival in inner-Devonport and a proposed 1000-metre footrace along the city’s waterfront road. The Devonport Council is an enthusiastic supporter of the new concept. 


The seven-day series will feature carnivals at Latrobe, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie, and criterium festivals at Ulverstone, Devonport and Burnie. 


Fulton Hogan’s newly-appointed general manager for Southern Region Construction, David Fisher, said his company was “exceptionally pleased” to be supporting a “magnificent community event” for the fourth straight year. 


“Our mission is to care for and connect communities,” he said.


“The Tasmanian sports carnivals bring together thousands of people and dozens of communities for promoting health and well-being, engaging competitors in top-level international sport, providing wonderful entertainment for spectators, and generating increased economic activity in the host regions. 


“It’s a perfect connection for Fulton Hogan. We work across different countries as a united force with one clear focus – to help people make better connections.” 


Fulton Hogan employs more than 6000 personnel in New Zealand, Australia and in its developing South Pacific operations. 


The company delivers infrastructure projects in the transport, water, energy, mining and land development sectors. 


Sports Carnivals’ Association of Tasmania president Mike Gunson said SCAT was thrilled with Fulton Hogan’s upgraded sponsorship for the 2017-18 series. 


“Fulton Hogan is a greatly-respected construction company and an outstanding corporate citizen,” he said.


“To have this organisation back the carnivals financially and so enthusiastically is a real winner for everybody.” 


 Mr. Gunson also praised the Devonport Athletic Club for having the “courage and vision” to change its time-honoured format. 


“I am absolutely convinced that Devonport is headed in the correct direction,” he said.


“Criteriums are a phenomenon around the world with closed-circuit street racing, and the club now also has a real opportunity to stage a bumper day-night track carnival. 


“It’s also pleasing that Ulverstone will host opening night of the statewide series.


Gunson was also pleased to announce Epic Events and Marketing as the promoter of the series once again.


“Epic Events and Marketing, led by Richard Welsh has been appointed as the series promoter for the third straight year.  Epic has been an integral part of the series and overseen some significant changes so far and will continue to manage the elite athlete program and all aspects of media management for the series,” Gunson added.




Saturday, December 16: Rosebery Carnival

Tuesday, December 26: Ulverstone criterium festival – twilight 

Wednesday, December 27: Latrobe carnival 

Thursday, December 28: Launceston carnival 

Friday, December 29: Devonport criterium festival – twilight 

Saturday, December 30: Devonport carnival 

Sunday, December 31: Burnie criterium – twilight 

Monday, January 1: Burnie carnival

Sunday, January 7: Hobart Carnival

Saturday, January 20: St Helens Carnival