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Full house on Fraser Coast as big events get underway

10 July 2019

The Fraser Coast has a “full house” this week with a surge of visitors in the region for a major state-wide touch football carnival and a music-teachers’ conference that brings together educators from all over Australia.

Mayor George Seymour said events and conferences provided a significant boost to the local economy and helped drive repeat visitors to our region.

“It is fantastic to have so many visitors here this week, with the Queensland Touch Association’s Junior State Cup that starts tomorrow bringing between 8,000 and 10,000 people to the Fraser Coast and injecting about $4 million into our local economy,” he said.

“At the same time, about 600 delegates from all over the country are here for the Queensland Department of Education’s biennial Maryborough Music Conference at the Brolga Theatre.

“The four day conference, which starts today, features world renowned national and international music educators, band and choral directors and 75 of the top instrumental students from North Coast region schools, with a Gala Concert planned for this Friday night.”

Cr Seymour said the Junior State Cup was the biggest annual sporting event on the Fraser Coast with more than 230 teams playing more than 700 games over three days.

“There is always a great buzz around the region when the Junior State Cup is on as it brings between 8,000 and 10,000 players, support staff and families to the Fraser Coast,” he said.

“The Junior State Cup is only going to get bigger and better when it moves to the Fraser Coast Sports and Recreation Precinct from 2020, which will mean even more teams can take part.

“That means even more visitors staying with our local accommodation providers, eating at our local restaurants and cafes, and shopping with our local businesses.”

Cr Seymour said the Fraser Coast was purpose-built for events and conferences with plenty of accommodation options and transport connections.

“We’ve got a solid track record of delivering memorable sporting, corporate, community and cultural events, such as the A-Class Catamaran World Series, the Hervey Bay Triathlon, the Joeys Mini World Cup, the World Whales Conference and the Australian Street Rod Federation Nationals, to name just a few examples,” he said.

“Council is committed to continuing to work with Fraser Coast Tourism and Events, sporting bodies and the community to bring even more events to our region. It’s all part of our plan to build better communities here on the Fraser Coast and ensure we have a strong, resilient and diversified economy.”