Support for KVE’s 40th year
Up to 1500 people are expected to converge on Corowa in 2019 for the 40th consecutive annual Corowa Swim-In & Military Gathering from Monday, March 11 to Sunday March 17.
At its monthly meeting yesterday, Federation Council unanimously supported a sponsorship proposal made by the Khaki Vehicle Enthusiasts for $3,810 towards the event.
The week-long event is the largest military vehicle rally in Australia and under the Southern Cross. Guests and participants come from all over the world.
The big 2019 event will be the Year of the Amphibian and Year of the Prototype. Many members stay longer than the seven days.
“The large influx of event participants to Corowa during the ten days or so brings direct economic and tourism benefit to Corowa,” council’s director corporate and community services Kristy Kay said.
“Local businesses embrace the event. Federation Council will be recognised on all event publicity material.”
Cr Gail Law has keenly followed the KVE event since its introduction to Corowa.
“It’s great for the town,” she said.
“Participants spend a lot of money in town. It’s definitely a coup for Federation Council.”
KVE secretary Jan Thompson told the Free Press the committee and members of Khaki Vehicle Enthusiasts Incorporated “really appreciate” the support received from the Federation Council for their next event in March 2019 and for past events.
“We are currently organising our 40th Year celebrations and after a record of 270 vehicles this year we hope we can get closer to 300 vehicles in 2019,” Jan said.
“This will bring 1200 to 1500 people into Corowa during the week commencing Monday 11th March.”
In 2005 the KVE formed its Incorporated Association and Jan has since been the Secretary and Public Relations Officer of Khaki Vehicle Enthusiasts.
“As a 10-year-old child in 1980, it was the first year I saw Corowa and our event since expand. Our relationships with the council and local businesses have strengthened.
“We are really looking forward to being back in the Birthplace of Federation and district.”