Start your engines!
Whitsunday Regional Council today approved $25,000 sponsorship to host a round of the Queensland Rally Championships to jump start the region’s first Whitsunday Motoring Festival in October.
Mayor Andrew Willcox says major events such as the Qld Rally Championships will have positive flow-on benefits for the whole region with events planned in Proserpine, Airlie Beach, Bowen and Hydeaway Bay.
“The Whitsunday Motoring Festival will be a three-day event from October 12-14 with a series of motoring events designed to showcase our diverse region.”
“Hosting round five of the Qld Rally Championships will promote the Whitsundays as an ideal location for future rally events. On the back on the successful Round the World Clipper Carnival which drew over 4000 visitors to the Whitsundays, this is another strategic investment by council to attract major state, national and international events.”
Plans for the inaugural Whitsunday Motoring Festival evolves from a round of the Qld Rally Championships in year one, into an Australian Rally Championship next year and then a round of the Asia-Pacific Rally Championships in the near future.
The Mayor says the estimated flow on economic benefits to our region from this inaugural event, with additional visitation from rally competitors, officials and spectators, is close to $1 million.