Rather than reducing our support to them we should be building our support to encourage the growth of the event ... I think it’s a very important thing in the area
attendance numbers and affected the financial contribution from some sponsors’’.
‘‘I don’t think the accidents have done anything to slow crowd numbers (but) it’s certainly made it difficult with sponsorship,’’ Mr Shipp said.
Mr Shipp said the club was in the planning phase for next year’s event which will include the launch of a hall of fame night on Friday at the finish line with new inductees announced annually.
‘‘In securing the council’s funding and other funding we know we’re right to go with the (2019) event,’’ he said.
It is estimated almost $60 million has been injected into the economy from the past three ski races.