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Enough time? A theatre enthusiast who goes "fairly often" to
plays with his wife Maggie he has often been able to offer creative
suggestions for events on the harbour.
Next come reviews of the legal aspects of the proposed event
and the applicant's risk management analysis and his proposals
for the risk mitigation of those problems. Then finally there's the
general get-together phase, where other interested agencies and
companies are invited to meetings with the organiser to learn
what's going on, raise problems if they see them and asses how
they might benefit from the event -- without detracting from it.
When it's all wound up, the event and the regulations for
participants and spectators are advertised in plain language in
brochures, advertisements, press releases and on the Roads and
Maritime Services website. All systems go!
Chris Bolton's qualifications and experience led naturally
to the aqua-theatrical role he adopted and developed. He was
born in 1940 at Neutral Bay, close by the waters he has loved and
worked for so long. He went to school in Sydney and Adelaide,
enjoying an extended break from the strictures of the classroom
along the way. When Chris was eight years old, his father, a WWII
military man and keen yachtie, mother, sister and he spent a year
living in a little bush cottage near remote Edrom, on Twofold
Bay, while his Dad fished for a living from a yacht.
"I didn't go to school for a whole year ... It was fantastic. I just
learned sea lore and bush lore. Dad had a lovely boat, a Griffin
28, and by the end of that year I'd learned a fair bit about boat
handling," he says now.
Encouraged by his mother, whose family had more than its
fair share of merchant navy men, Chris at 16 applied successfully
to join the Royal Australian Naval College at Flinders and Jervis
Bay. Soon after graduation he proceeded overseas for a further
two years' study at the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth.
Following this, the RAN took him to sea in destroyers,
aircraft carriers and minesweepers, specialising in torpedo
warfare, air warfare and
ships diving. His senior
postings included staff
and project appointments
in Canberra and Sydney, Training Commander in two Sydney
shore establishments including Executive and Commanding
Officer, HMAS Penguin.
Just before retirement from this 31-year RAN career, Bolton
flew a proverbial kite -- undertaking and passing the Graduate
Diploma in Leisure Studies at University of Technology Sydney.
"I was 47, married with a young family. After the Navy I could
see myself working somewhere in the leisure industry. I'd look
for something that would use my skills, so it would be on the
water somehow, although I didn't really have a clue what I'd be
doing ..." he says.
After a couple of false starts he took a job running Sanders
Marina, Cabarita, for three years. "This involved managing the
marina, its slipways, 90 boats, administering clients' needs and
maintaining their vessels. I even managed some events ... It was
a wonderful apprenticeship for what was to come. "
In August 1991 Chris joined NSW Maritime, and he has been
responsible for Special Events on the Sydney Harbour ever since.
With a belief in book-learning as well as practical experience,
which he has in profusion, he followed up his Graduate Diploma
in Leisure Studies with an Executive Certificate in Event
Management (UTS, 1997) and a Master of Management in Leisure
The dashing Australia Day Ferrython, an adventurous regular event
on Sydney Harbour.
Photo: Jamie Williams, courtesy of Sydney Festival
Chris Bolton's most
memorable spectacle on
the harbour: Pope Benedict
XVI's progress by boat-
a-cade from Rose Bay
to Barangarooo for the
celebration of World Youth
Day in 2008.
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