David Goodman - Cairns Amateurs President 2021

Cairns Amateurs appoints new President

David Goodman has taken the helm of Far North Amateur Turf Club Inc (Cairns Amateurs Carnival) Committee following the sad loss of former President Ross Moller last month.

Mr Goodman steps into the lead role after dedicating the last three years to the committee’s Vice Presidency in addition to a 12-year stint in the role of secretary / treasurer.

One of the region’s most experienced finance professionals, Mr Goodman joined the Cairns Amateurs Committee in 2009 at the request of his friend and associate, Mr Moller, to oversee the not-for-profit organisation’s budget and finance.

According to Mr Goodman, he is both pleased and honoured to have worked beside Mr Moller and behind-the-scenes of one of the region’s most pivotal sport and social events.

Mr Goodman said that in assuming the role of President he is doing what his friend Ross would have wanted.

“It was Ross who invited me to join the Amateurs committee back in 2009 and later, the Cairns Taipans providing their Office administration. Lucky for me that I was given this opportunity and being part of the community is something I am very passionate about.

“We have a wonderful group of hard-working volunteers, many of whom juggle commitments while running their own businesses or jobs, to deliver each year’s Carnival.

“Being a part of the committee is not about remuneration or glamour, it is about passion for one of the region’s most historic events and giving back to community,” Mr Goodman said.

Shaun Donaldson will take over the secretary / treasurer’s role of the Cairns Amateurs Carnival committee vacated by Mr Goodman.

While Cairns Amateurs Carnival postponed staging its 62nd annual event in 2020, plans are afoot to deliver all the fashion, fun and racing of the exciting three-day carnival from 9 to 11 September 2021.

About David Goodman

David Goodman is a local of Far North Queensland having arrived as a three-month-old. Educated in Cairns and Brisbane and after completing a Bachelor of Business – Accountancy, David worked for Ernst & Young Chartered Accountants specialising in audit and in this time, worked for a number of national and international clients. Whilst with Ernst & Young David qualified as a Chartered Accountant. David left the firm to join Hall Chadwick (now Crowe Horwath) in Cairns as their Audit Manager. An interest in local government and qualifications as a Local Government Auditor, took him to Mulgrave Shire Council as Finance Manager and Assistant to the Shire Clerk. Mr Goodman also undertook a post graduate degree to become a Town Clerk.

Since establishing his own accountancy practice, Goodman Chartered Accountants in 1988, Mr Goodman and his team have focused on managing the financial needs of small business enterprises encompassing audit, taxation, accountancy and corporate advice. David also holds a Diploma in Financial Services (Finance/Mortgage Broking) and Financial Planning.

Mr Goodman is proud to support Cairns and the Far North Community via a number of local organisations and businesses that include Cairns Potters Club, Far North Queensland Amateur Turf Club, Marlin Coast Rangers Soccer Club, North Cairns Tigers Football and Netball Club, Special Children’s Christmas Party, Trinity Anglican School, Far North Queensland Youth Assistance Fund, Lions Club of Cairns, Cairns Historical Society and Museum and Phoenix Sports and Culture Club.

Photo: Cairns Amateurs President David Goodman with CUB Area Sales Manager, Louise Bury. Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) are the proud naming sponsor of the Cairns Amateurs Carnival.