Triathlon still running hot

THE Agnes Water Triathlon suffered a blow this month when organisers realised they would be up for another $4000 to $6000 to run the event.

But organiser Mel Robeck said with the Gladstone Regional Council's help, the event was set to continue.

The council voted at its monthly meeting to help the triathlon, although costs have not been confirmed with council.

Ms Robeck said the group did not realise changes to the law meant accredited traffic control staff were needed, blowing out the cost of the event to double its original price.

“Depending on where they came from it was going to cost $4000 to $6000 from the quotes we received,” she said. “Because we are so isolated it was going to cost us for their travel.”

But Ms Robeck has praised council, saying they were about to step on board to help the group.

“I think it (traffic control) keeps the safety of our athletes and we don't want to mess around with that,” she said.

“It wasn't until the last minute that we realised it was involved.”

She said the group would be prepared for the extra cost next year.

“Next year we will need to do more fundraising,” she said.

Ms Robeck said finding extra funding would make holding the event extra difficult next year.

“We are going to have to start a lot earlier to find major sponsors.”

She said the event attracted people from all over the state.

“We're really glad to get it up this year,” she said.

Applications opened yesterday and are available at www.agneswatertriathlon.com.



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