Queensland to deliver a month of super sporting events

4 Oct 2012 9:04 AMJann Stuckey

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Sports-mad Queenslanders are in for an eventful month, with some of the year’s most exciting competitions and carnivals being held throughout October. 

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, Jann Stuckey said from Tropical North Queensland, to the very tip of the Gold Coast, the month will provide something for everyone.

“We have started October with the Cardiac Challenge in Cairns and sports fans are going to need as much stamina as the participants to see the month through.

“Townsville is set to host the AFL Masters National Carnival, the much anticipated Rugby League Test between Australia and New Zealand, and the spotlight will remain on the north for the Crocodile Trophy.

“The Gold Coast will experience perhaps its busiest sporting month of the year with events to include Coolangatta Gold, Gold Coast Sevens Fever Pitch, Netfest, the Queensland Beach Volleyball Tour and the Armor All Gold Coast 600.

“The Bledisloe Cup will be played in Brisbane, and the Sunshine Coast will host the Noosa International Sevens Festival.

“Sporting events play an important role in providing economic and social benefits to the State’s regions and communities by boosting local businesses and promoting the destinations where they are held.

“The Newman Government recognises the importance of sporting events to our tourism industry, and the contribution they make to helping us reach our target to double overnight visitor expenditure to $30 billion by 2020.

“I encourage all Queenslanders to find out what events are happening in their area, and get along to as many as possible.” Ms Stuckey said. 

For more information on events in Queensland visit: www.eventsqld.com.au (external site)( http://www.eventsqld.com.au/ )

[ENDS] 2 October 2012