Precinct’s power to at­tract Sport World Cups

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - GOOD MORNING FRASER COAST -

LEAD­ING sport com­pe­ti­tions like the Tag World Cup will be “fair game” and ac­tively sought by the coun­cil once the Sports Precinct is com­pleted, ac­cord­ing to Dar­ren Ever­ard.

The Fraser Coast coun­cil­lor said the project would give Her­vey Bay a com­pet­i­tive edge to host ma­jor sport com­pe­ti­tions in the fu­ture.

It fol­lows the world cup for Oz­tag be­ing held at the C.ex Coffs Sta­dium ear­lier this week, at­tract­ing some 5000 sup­port­ers from all over the world.

The Coffs Coast Ad­vo­cate re­ports the event alone in­jected $4.5 mil­lion into the lo­cal econ­omy.

The sta­dium, re­de­vel­oped af­ter a $6.5 mil­lion grant from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment, can host crowds of up to 20,000 peo­ple at any given time.

When asked if he thought the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment should con­trib­ute to the de­vel­op­ment of the Sports Precinct, Hin­kler MP Keith Pitt said the coun­cil could put for­ward an ap­pli­ca­tion un­der round three of the gov­ern­ment’s Build­ing Bet­ter Re­gions Fund.

Cr Ever­ard said the method­ol­ogy be­hind the site would al­low Her­vey Bay to at­tract lead­ing events like the World Cup.

“When peo­ple come here, they spent their money in petrol sta­tions, on food and in ho­tels,” he said.

He told the Chron­i­cle the coun­cil would try and at­tract “what­ever sport has a cham­pi­onship” once the precinct is fully com­pleted. ■

Read Deputy Ed­i­tor Jes­sica Gre­wal’s ed­i­to­rial on the ben­e­fits of sport­ing event tourism on page 16.

PHOTO: MATT DEANS

COM­PET­I­TIVE SPORT­ING: The Fraser Coast Sports Precinct would give the re­gion fight­ing power to at­tract ma­jor com­pe­ti­tions like the he 2018 Tag World Cup (pic­tured), held at C.ex Coffs In­ter­na­tional Sta­dium in Coffs Har­bour be­tween No­vem­ber 1-4.

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