Aussie Titles whip up waves of extra business
  • Thursday 14 April 2016
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Surf Lifesavers aren’t the only ones who’ll soon be riding waves when the Sunshine Coast hosts the Aussie Titles.

A number of local companies have also jumped on board opportunities to earn extra business from the April 16-24 event, that’s set to draw more than 7000 competitors along with a further 15,000 supporters, family and friends to the Sunshine Coast and provide an estimated $22 million in economic benefit.

Kunda Park-based Perren & Penny Plumbing has been contracted to provide services and Manger Phil Perren said it would provide a major boost for business.

“We will be connecting any temporary toilet blocks as well as providing water supplies and all plumbing needs required to run this event and we will also be on call for any problems that may arise,” Mr Perren said.    

From our businesses’ point of view, it is hoped we can continue to benefit from future events.

High levels of business confidence, expanding tourism markets and an exciting events schedule made the Sunshine Coast an attractive region for Kangaroo Bus Lines to establish a new depot on the Sunshine Coast earlier this year.

General Manager Darren Webster said the company had been awarded the contract for courtesy bus services at the Aussie Surf Titles.

“Kangaroo Bus Lines will provide courtesy bus services on a continuous loop for the transport of participants, officials and spectators to locations between Maroochy Surf Club, Alexandra Headland Surf Club and Mooloolaba Surf Club,” Mr Webster said.

“We will be transporting around 4000 to 8000 passengers per day, so this is fantastic for us in the immediate term and also great recognition for our brand and to help our business grow here on the Sunshine Coast.

“We see this as a very exciting region and a very exciting time for us.

“Over the past six months Kangaroo Bus Lines has had a strong presence on the coast, servicing major events like the Caloundra Music Festival and the Oz Tag World Cup as well as providing touring services for the Mooloolaba cruise ship visits.

“Our new Kunda Park depot has 10 staff and we’re hopeful of creating more employment opportunities in the future.”

The Sunshine Coast will host 60 major sporting, music and lifestyle events this year, estimated to contribute around $100 million to the region’s economy.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said businesses can find out more on how to maximise opportunities these events provide by utilising council’s Events+ program.

“The World is Coming to the Sunshine Coast in 2016 and this presents enormous opportunities for local businesses to capitalise on the massive influx of participants and patrons that this unprecedented line-up of major and regional events will bring to our region,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“If we work together, our community can create a warm and welcoming atmosphere that builds our reputation as a host destination. The events+ program can provide businesses with the information and advice to take advantage of opportunities these big events offer.”

To find out more about joining the events+ campaign contact dtb Advertising on 5458 5600 or email eventsplus@dtb.com.au