Plans to bring back iconic event

Tweed Daily News - - SPORT - Bob An­thony

RAC­ING: THE Gold Coast might have its GC600 but if a ded­i­cated group of mo­tor­ing en­thu­si­asts have their way, Speed will be back on the Tweed in 2019.

Fol­low­ing a com­mu­nity sur­vey ear­lier in the year which re­ceived more than 3500 sig­na­tures from peo­ple ex­press­ing their in­ter­est in see­ing the unique time trial event re­turn to Mur­willum­bah, an in­for­ma­tion evening has been planned for next Tues­day, De­cem­ber 4 at the Mur­willum­bah Ser­vices Me­mo­rial Club at 7pm (NSW).

Or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee spokesman Michael Sim­mons said the pur­pose of the meet­ing was to bring the com­mu­nity “up to speed” with what has been done to date and what was re­quired to see Speed On Tweed up and run­ning by mid Septem­ber next year.

“We have al­ready had over­whelm­ing sup­port from all sec­tors of the com­mu­nity but it’s one thing to have the sup­port and en­thu­si­asm for the event and another to ac­tu­ally make it hap­pen,” Mr Sim­mons said.

“We have con­tacted many Tweed busi­nesses who have ex­pressed in­ter­est and our ini­tial pre-com­mit­ments have ex­ceeded $80,000.

“It’s a solid foun­da­tion to know that if we do go ahead, there is that level of fi­nan­cial sup­port but the re­al­ity is to get the event op­er­a­tional, we are go­ing to need around $240,000.

“The com­mit­tee’s next step would be to en­gage a pro­fes­sional spon­sor­ship agent who could go out and se­cure ma­jor sup­port fi­nan­cially to go along with what we have lo­cally.

“There’s no doubt that there is plenty of sup­port for Speed on Tweed, mak­ing it hap­pen is the chal­lenge but we are en­cour­aged that so many peo­ple re­alise that this would not only be a ma­jor boost for Mur­willum­bah and also the en­tire Tweed.”

This is an event which will bring the com­mu­nity to­gether...

— Michael Sim­mons

Mr Sim­mons said he en­cour­aged any­one in­ter­ested in be­ing in­volved in see­ing Speed on Tweed re­turn, to at­tend the meet­ing on Tues­day night and he wel­comed any in­put and con­struc­tive ideas which peo­ple may have.

“This is an event which will bring the com­mu­nity to­gether and will take a lot of work to make hap­pen but it will be a huge bonus for the Tweed in the fu­ture,” Sim­mons said.

“Even if we can’t get it hap­pen­ing next Septem­ber, we will be a very strong po­si­tion to see it be­come re­al­ity in 2020.”

To reg­is­ter your in­ter­est in Speed on Tweed, email our­speedontweed­[email protected] gmail.com with your con­tact de­tails.

PHOTO: CRAIG SADLER

RAC­ING TO­WARD A COME­BACK? Speed on Tweed could be mak­ing a tri­umphant re­turn to Mur­willum­bah.

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