Sup­port for KVE’s 40th year

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROBERT MUIR

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.”

A record num­ber of mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles at­tended this year’s 39th an­nual Swim-In and Mil­i­tary Ve­hi­cle Gath­er­ing in Corowa. Photo by Keith Webb.

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