Tri brings tourism dollars
2 May 2012
A record number of competitors and spectators, including federal opposition leader Tony Abbott, has helped make this year’s Hervey Bay Triathlon and Multi-sports Festival the most successful in the events history.
Race Director Ron Acutt said the turnout was overwhelming, but admits it wouldn’t have been possible without the support of local sponsors including Fraser Coast Regional Council.
Since its return to the local racing calendar last year, Council has invested almost $10,000 dollars in the Hervey Bay Triathlon, ensuring it continues to grow and attract visitors to the region.
Mayor Gerard O’Connell said Council was proud to be a sponsor of one of the biggest sporting events on the Fraser Coast.
“This year the event was transformed into a multi sports festival spanning three days and four major events including the Pier to Pub Ocean Swim, children’s triathlon as well as the main race.
“Racers competing in all of these events brought their friends and families to the area and the Fraser Coast was absolutely buzzing.
“Hundreds of thousands of dollars was injected back into the local economy through accommodation, local restaurants and cafes and tourist attractions and although the event was in Hervey Bay, the benefits were spread across the Fraser Coast.
“With ongoing support from local sponsors and business, Hervey Bay Triathlon and Multi-sports Festival will only get bigger and better, and that’s great news for the entire community.”
Council is talking with organisers to determine how it can assist the event next year.
“We had more than 600 people nominate this year; we’re aiming to for 1000 in 2012, Ron said.
“The more competitors we can entice to compete in the Hervey Bay Triathlon, the more money is spent locally and the better it is for the entire community.”