- Friday 13 March 2015
Some minor tweaks to council infrastructure have paved the way for the Sunshine Coast to attract more major cycling and triathlon events.
Tourism, Sport and Major Events Portfolio Councillor Jason O’Pray said alterations to kerbing on Beach Terrace in Mooloolaba brought the region’s triathlon route up to international standards.
“Beach Terrace is part of the cycle leg and finishing straight for the Mooloolaba Triathlon and the IRONMAN 70.3,” he said.
“Council recently altered three sets of kerb build-outs along Beach Terrace and removed the trip hazard at the stormwater grating pits.
“These works have ensured the width of the finishing straight for the Mooloolaba Triathlon and IRONMAN 70.3 meets the national and international cycling standard of 8m. This means we’re ready for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships in 2016 and positions the Sunshine Coast to attract other big cycling events in the future.”
Council has also inserted temporary footings into the pathway and garden beds at the Mooloolaba end of Brisbane Road to enable the erection of a temporary overhead pedestrian bridge for improved access, safety and visitor experience during the triathlons.
To further support this weekend’s Mooloolaba Triathlon, council has provided additional route and road maintenance, street sweeping, beach grooming, waste management and removal of signs and benches to create space for event transition facilities.
This weekend’s Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival is expected to attract around 6,000 participants, family members and support staff from outside the Sunshine Coast. Athletes from 40 different countries will line up in Sunday’s elite race. Last year’s event delivered $14.5 million towards the region’s economy.
The Sunshine Coast plays host to around 30 major and regional events each year that generate $50million towards the region’s economy. In addition, event promoters and organisers spend approximately $2.5 million each year with local businesses which boosts the Sunshine Coast economy. Local businesses can learn how to capitalise on major events by taking part in the Events+ MasterClasses during March. To find out more contact dtb Advertising on 5458 5600 or email email@example.com