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New HEART venue manager announced today

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River has today announced the new Margaret River HEART Venue Manager as departing Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre Sales and Business Development Coordinator Nicky Hansen.

Ms Hansen brings to the Shire 10 years of high level strategic sales and marketing experience gained during her time at Mackay Regional Council, where she was successful at attracting visitation to the Mackay Region with arts, performance, and business events.

Shire Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Addison-Brown congratulated Ms Hansen and expressed her confidence in the appointment.

“Nicky has a fantastic skill set and has directly applicable experience for managing a venue such as the HEART,” she said.

“She’s a great fit for team, a safe set of hands, and we are very much looking forward to her getting started with us at the beginning of February 2020.

“The venue is already attracting significant interest from interest event organisations, community groups, exhibitors, partners, sponsors, suppliers, and businesses so she will be hitting the ground running.”

Ms Hansen shared her excitement at commencing with the local Shire and moving to Margaret River where she will be close to family and friends.

“I’m delighted to be appointed to the role and can already see so much potential for what we can deliver at the venue,” she said.

“I have a strong grassroots focus and am committed to ensuring arts, culture, performance, cinema, and business events remain accessible for the wider community to enjoy while achieving financial sustainability for the venue.”

While Ms Hansen comes with interstate background in entertainment centre management, she offers the benefit of having local knowledge due to having visited frequently.

“I’ll be over at Christmas for a pre-planned visit and will take time to catch up with as many people as I can at that time,” she said.

“I then look forward to moving over, getting settled, meet the wider community and enjoying this wonderful region.”