Plan to tar­get event power

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Front Page - Ce­cilia Allen

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 man­jimupcham­ber@west­ by May 22.

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