Big plans for Rock­ing­ham Beach Cup

Southern Telegraph - - News - Gareth McKnight

The Rock­ing­ham Beach Cup will be ex­tended to a three-day cel­e­bra­tion this year, with the or­gan­iser hop­ing it will be­come one of WA’s sig­na­ture events.

The in­au­gu­ral event took place on the Rock­ing­ham Fore­shore last year and was a size­able suc­cess, with re­ports of as many as 50,000 peo­ple turn­ing out to see horse rac­ing on the beach.

The cal­en­dar of events — tied in with the cel­e­bra­tion — has ex­panded for 2017, with a cor­po­rate golf day, two-day com­mu­nity fes­ti­val and a cy­cling cri­te­rion added to the sched­ule.

These will com­ple­ment the gala din­ner and auc­tion, and the ac­tual horse-rac­ing com­po­nent of the week­end.

Or­gan­iser Michael McCaf­ferty, of the Ro­tary Club of Palm Beach, said there were grand plans for the Rock­ing­ham Beach Cup.

“It is about pro­mot­ing Rock­ing­ham and at­tract­ing peo­ple to spend sev­eral days in the area,” he said.

“We want to make it one of WA’s sig­na­ture events, where it is not just a lo­cal event but peo­ple book their hol­i­days and come and spend time in Rock­ing­ham.”

Rock­ing­ham Mayor Barry Sam­mels said the City would sup­port the event again this year.

“The Rock­ing­ham Beach Cup is a high-pro­file and in­no­va­tive event that has a proven suc­cess in at­tract­ing large crowds to Rock­ing­ham,” he said.

“This ben­e­fits lo­cal busi­nesses and en­ables us to show off our unique north-fac­ing beaches and lo­cal at­trac­tions.

“The City is in the process of con­sid­er­ing a grant ap­pli­ca­tion from the Ro­tary Club of Palm Beach as part of our Com­mu­nity Grants Pro­gram, as well as an event ap­pli­ca­tion.

“The out­come will be known at the end of July.”

Tourism Min­is­ter Paul Pa­palia said he and Pre­mier Mark McGowan would be pro­mot­ing the event in the build-up.

“It is a great event — I think they are do­ing a fan­tas­tic job,” he said. “It ex­ceeded all ex­pec­ta­tions in 2016 and I think this year they can grow it dra­mat­i­cally.”

Mr McCaf­ferty said spon­sor­ships were still avail­able for the event and the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee was look­ing for in­ter­ested stall­hold­ers for the com­mu­nity fes­ti­val. Visit rock­ing­ham­

Pic­ture: Si­mon Mer­ritt/Western Ra­cepix

Jock­eys take to the beach at the in­au­gu­ral Rock­ing­ham Beach Cup last year.

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