Festival gives Terry a real buzz
AFTER 12 years of working on the Gladstone Harbour Festival as the production and stage manager, Terry Shaw still "bounds out of bed every morning'' to take part in the event.
While in his "normal life'' Ter-ry works as an Information Technology consultant, he said his stage and lighting volunteer work for the Gladstone Harbour Festival was the highlight of his year.
"When I have to get up in the morning to do my real job it's a chore, but when I do this I bound out of bed every morning at 5.30am with ideas buzzing around in my head,'' he said.
This year Terry has had to take extra time off work to prepare for the event, with two stages being set up this year "effectively doubling the workload''.
"There's a lot more logistics this year than in previous years; we've got a huge temporary pavillion which has been trucked in from Brisbane and we have to set up power for that as well as fencing it,'' he said.
Terry said planning began in August last year and it was "pretty intense'' organising everything.
He said the erection of the stages had to be scheduled within a limited amount of time and installation had to occur in the correct sequence.
"It takes 12 people to set everything up and we're expecting a semitrailer load of equipment this week for it,'' he said.