Plan to target event power
THE Manjimup Chamber of Commerce and Industry is calling on all businesses to get behind a plan to maximise the benefits of one of the region’s biggest events.
The chamber aims to target the thousands of people expected to be in town for the Manjimup 15,000 Motocross held over the June long weekend.
A promotional flyer listing business locations and opening hours will be handed to ticket holders in a bid to encourage them to visit the CBD.
Last year more than 4000 people attended the event, pumping more than $1 million into the economy.
Chamber president Kent Roberts said because the event was held outside of town, people were not always aware of what was open, especially with the event falling on a long weekend.
“The idea is to produce a leaflet, which welcomes people to Manjimup, a map with business locations and business opening hours to encourage visitors to come into town,” Mr Roberts said.
“It’s a small idea that could be highly beneficial for businesses.”
Subway Manjimup owner Peter Longbottom said “you would be mad not to” support the idea.
“I think it’s worth trialling to see how it goes,” he said.
“It would be good to have something out there so people know what is open in town and the opening hours.”
Manjimup Meat Mart owner Dave Ebsary said last year he was prepared for the event but found most people went to places like Coles.
“I think something which has business addresses on it would be a good idea,” he said.
Mr Roberts said the concept relied on input from businesses in the area and he encouraged them to get in touch with the chamber as soon as possible.
“We’ll only be able to do it if we get enough businesses to support the idea and provide us with their details,” he said.
“If it’s successful we’ll look at doing it for other major events in the area such as the Truffle Kerfuffle.”
Businesses interested should contact the chamber at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 22.