PROPRIETORS of a summer holiday operation occupying prime real estate in Port Fairy have sung the virtues of their ability to form partnerships in the community.
The Godrey Family Carnival has set up shop at Railway Place, opening its doors on Boxing Day and going through until January 20.
The carnival runs each night from 6-10pm and will also run on Saturday mornings from 9am-2pm.
Godfrey Family Carnival spokesperson Annette Calder said the Saturday morning carnival would operate alongside the Port Fairy Community House market.
"Since the markets have moved to Railway Place it has been a really good partnership, we both benefit from the other being there," she said.
"People can have a look around the markets and the kids can come over and have a go on some rides.
"Working with other community groups is important, the carnival has worked closely with the Port Fairy Hospital and Moyne Health Services over the years.
"We give a donation each year to Moyne Heath Services and over the years that adds up to a significant amount."
The carnival has been operating in Port Fairy over the summer holiday period for over half a century but its standing was challenged last year when a noise complaint from a member of the public was received.
Ms Calder said carnival operators had met all the event permit requirements requested of it from Moyne Shire Council to again trade for the 2019-20 summer period.
"Everything council has asked of us we have been able to tick off and do what is needed to operate," Ms Calder said.
"We travel all over the country and work within many communities so we know what is expected.
"We also want to come into a town and be a positive addition, we want our visit to be a highlight.
"We know we can't keep everyone happy but we make sure we do the right thing and meet local requirements.
"People are not allowed to drink at the carnival.
"If anyone is getting too rowdy or out of line we will ask them to leave and we always have a good relationship with the local police.
"The carnival is all about family entertainment."
We travel all over the country and work within many communities so we know what is expected.Annette Calder