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The Wim­mera con­tin­ues to reap the re­wards of +or­sham 0otor­cy­cle Club’s mamor events with this week­end’s land­mark World -unior 0otocross Cham­pi­onship to pro­vide more than $1 mil­lion to the econ­omy. It will be the first in­ter­na­tional mo­tocross tour­na­ment hosted in $us­tralia with 25 teams of five rid­ers on the en­try list. +or­sham 5ural City Coun­cil Chief ([ec­u­tive Su­nil Bhalla said the three-day event at 'ooen was es­ti­mated to bring $1 mil­lion from vis­i­tors stay­ing in our ho­tels, eat­ing at our restau­rants and shop­ping. “When you add the sup­port crews in­volved with each team it adds up to about 500 in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors and more than 1000 do­mes­tic fans are also e[pected to de­scend on the Wim­mera,´ 0r Bhalla said. “(co­nomic mod­el­ling based on con­ser­va­tive at­ten­dance fig­ures (3,500 day-trip vis­i­tors, 700 do­mes­tic overnight vis­i­tors and 300 in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors in­di­cates a di­rect eco­nomic out­put of $1 mil­lion. This et­u­ates to an av­er­age daily vis­i­tor spend of $224. With in­dus­trial and flow-on ef­fects, the to­tal im­pact of the event is es­ti­mated at $1.7 mil­lion. “In­ter­na­tional rid­ers, their fam­i­lies and sup­port crew have al­ready ar­rived and you will see them out and about. 0any of the teams will spend eight to 10 days here. “There has been a rush on ac­com­mo­da­tion in the re­gion and that’s great news. “Coun­cil in­vests in big events like these to bring peo­ple to our city, that’s why it’s im­por­tant we con­tinue to con­trib­ute to these events,´ he said. 0r Bhalla said the cham­pi­onship was an op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote the Wim­mera. “The cham­pi­onships will be live streamed around the world, giv­ing us the chance to show the Wim­mera’s tourism strengths,´ he said. 0ayor 3am Clarke said the event would in­volve hun­dreds of com­mu­nity vol­un­teers, with the sup­port of Coun­cil staff. “This event is an e[cel­lent e[am­ple of the 3aul .elly lyric µfrom lit­tle things, big things grow’,´ Cr Clarke said. “+or­sham 0otor­cy­cle Club is a small not­for-profit group and over the past 20 years, it has worked in­cred­i­bly hard to raise the pro­file of mo­tocross. “The club has con­tin­u­ally up­graded the Tual­ity of the mo­tocross track and sup­port fa­cil­i­ties to a level that is suit­able to host state, $ustralian and now global events. “It’s been a huge ef­fort. They all need to be com­mended,´ Cr Clarke said.

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