Bundaberg BMX rider Kurt Grambower.
Bundaberg BMX rider Kurt Grambower. Submitted

BMX top event heads to Bundaberg

BUNDABERG will have an influx of millions of dollars next September, when one of the largest BMX events in the country comes to town.

BMX Queensland announced yesterday that the Bundaberg BMX Club will play host to the 2011 BMX Queensland State Championships, with a huge crowd expected to attend — and bring their wallets.

The event is expected to attract about 900 competitors from all over the state and Bundaberg Regional Councillor Lynne Forgan said she was expecting more than 3000 people in total.

“It’s absolutely fantastic to achieve something like the state titles,” she said.

“Accommodation will be full, shopping centres and tourist attractions will benefit and especially the food outlets.”

Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism chair Greg Barnes said business and tourism operators would be the big winners from the event.

“The spin off and multiply effects from this event is huge,” he said.

“We will be encouraging local business operators to join and package their products to include another attraction and offer people savings.”

Oscar Motel proprietor Wendy Carter said the event would help her business trade.

“Bundaberg seems to always have multiple events close,” she said.

“If it’s on at a time when there is no other activities in the town, it would be fantastic.”

Best Western Reef gateway Motor Inn manager Terri Skinner expected the 34 rooms to be booked out for the event.

“When Bundaberg has clashing events there is no accommodation, and we are usually turning people down and away from the town,” she said.

Bundaberg BMX Club president Shane Davies said it had been seven years since Bundaberg hosted the event, and the local club was thrilled with the decision.

“It’s judged on the town’s infrastructure and how strong the local group is and how they are financially,” Mr Davies said.

He said the local BMX riders would benefit.

“Our own riders don’t have to travel and it gives them more of a chance to compete,” Mr Davies said.

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