Warrnambool is set to host some of the best athletes from around the country thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government.
Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced that Warrnambool has secured the Melbourne to Warrnambool Classic through the Labor Government’s Significant Sporting Events Program.
The Melbourne to Warrnambool Classic will be held on Saturday 14 October and is expected to attract up 250 of Australia’s best cycling stars.
The one day cycling event is the second oldest one day cycling event in the world and is part of the National Road Series.
The event provides an opportunity for the people of Western Victoria to showcase their local sports facilities, attractions and talent to visitors from far and wide.
Events like this mean serious business for the region. They attract tourists, create jobs, keep local businesses busy, and inspire more kids to get involved and join grassroots clubs.
That’s why the Victorian Budget 2017/18 included a further $1 million for the Significant Sporting Events Program to keep securing more events for Melbourne and regional Victoria.
To date, the 2014-2018 Significant Sporting Events Program has provided more than $6 million to secure 264 big sporting events to Victoria. More than half of these events have been held in regional Victoria.
Grants are available to support event organisers, state sporting associations, sporting venues or Local Government Authorities to boost the profile and legacy of sporting events or assist with operational requirements.
For more information or to apply online, visit www.sport.vic.gov.au.
Lines attributable to Gayle Tierney, Member for Western Victoria
“This is great news for Warrnambool – another big event that will bring the best cycling stars to our own backyard.”
“Securing the Melbourne to Warrnambool Classic means serious business for our region – attracting visitors, creating jobs and boosting the local economy.”
“Congratulations to Cycling Victoria for all your hard work in landing this fantastic event.”