Bundaberg Cup to boost local economy

27 Jan 2014 4:02 PMJann Stuckey

Monday, January 27, 2014

In a major boost for the region’s tourism industry, Bundaberg will host a new sporting event from 2015 with the inaugural ‘Bundaberg Cup’ touch football tournament to be held next Australia Day.

Premier Campbell Newman said the event would play an important role in the social recovery of the local community devastated by floods a year ago.  

“Helping to build the local economy is just as important for Bundaberg as rebuilding local infrastructure,” Mr Newman said

“The Bundaberg Cup is expected to attract 1,500 visitor nights in its inaugural year, injecting hundreds of thousands of dollars into the Bundaberg economy each year.

“The event will attract hundreds of visitors from across Australia and hopefully become one of the key events on the Bundaberg calendar.”

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Jann Stuckey said the Bundaberg Cup would showcase the region as a holiday destination and generate economic benefits for the wider community.

“Bundaberg is a passionate sporting city and events such as the Bundaberg Cup are a great platform to attract more visitors and display the diversity of tourism experiences on offer across the region,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The Newman Government through Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) will work in partnership with Touch Football Australia to grow the event into a successful feature on Queensland’s event calendar through to 2020.

“The Bundaberg Cup is another example of how the Newman Government is working toward achieving the industry target of doubling overnight visitor expenditure from $15 billion to $30 billion by 2020.”

Bundaberg Region Mayor Cr Mal Forman said he believed the Bundaberg Cup would provide huge exposure and countless opportunities for the region moving forward.

“I welcome today’s announcement that the Bundaberg Cup will be held locally next year as it is a win for our community on so many levels,” Mr Forman said.

“Not only will it appeal to our sporting fans, but it will also help raise Bundaberg’s profile as a leading Queensland tourism destination.

“It will go a long way towards rebuilding the community with an inclusive social event like this in the wake of the devastating floods.”

CEO Touch Football Australia Colm Maguire expects the event will attract 32 teams in its inaugural year with matches to be played on the Australia Day long weekend in 2015.

“Touch football is a popular sport across Australia and New Zealand with 525,000 registered players across the country,” Mr Maguire said.

“The tournament will be played across men, women and mixed divisions, with a minimum $6,000 prize pool on offer from Touch Football Australia.

“I can think of no better way to celebrate what it means to be Australian than at next year’s Bundaberg Cup.”

Entries for the inaugural Bundaberg Cup are now open and interested persons can lodge an expression of interest by visiting www.touchfootball.com.au (external site) ( http://www.touchfootball.com.au/ ).

The Bundaberg Cup is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland in partnership with the Bundaberg Regional Council, Bundaberg and North Burnett Tourism.

[ENDS] 27 January 2014