The Macleay Island Arts Complex Inc. has a new president.
And it is someone with a limited artistic background, but who has plenty to offer via an impressive corporate background.
Craig Shanks is the new MIAC leader.
He was elected at a special meeting held at MIAC that was chaired by Cr Mark Edwards for the purpose.
“The Councillor said: “With his administrative skills, I believe Craig at the helm will be of huge benefit to the arts on our islands.”
A resident of Macleay Island for more than 10 years, Craig Shanks brings to MIAC a ‘fresh approach’ to leadership.
Craig freely admits he does not have an artistic background.
However, he does have strong leadership skills via his previous positions as a project manager in both the private sector and in Government.
“Project planning, administration and negotiation are my skills and I am happy to assist MIAC in those areas, particularly in relation to obtaining help, assistance and funding in various areas.
“I believe there is a strong future for the arts on our islands,” Craig told The Friendly Bay Islander.
He added: “I will leave the art to the artists, and if I can help in any way with my skills, I hope that will prove a bonus to the island artistic community.”
• Cr Mark Edwards (right) with the MIAC Committee of Dorren Fry, Judith Brady, new president Craig Shanks, Laura Strohfeldt.