Mayor says City has bright future for big events

Geraldton will be a backdrop for many more big events just like the Toyota Australian SUP Titles held in Geraldton. Photo: Surfing WA

Geraldton will be a backdrop for many more big events just like the Toyota Australian SUP Titles held in Geraldton. Photo: Surfing WA

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn says the City is dedicated to bringing high profile events to Geraldton through dedicated support and sponsorship.

In the aftermath of the Toyota Australian SUP Titles held in Geraldton, Mayor Van Styn said this was just the beginning of larger scale events coming to the region.

Hundreds of competitors from all across Australia made their way to Geraldton to compete across a number of SUP categories with the competition made possible by a $20,000 grant from the City.

Mayor Van Styn reiterated the fact that this sponsorship was part of the City’s broader strategy to attract large scale events to the Midwest.

“We were absolutely stoked to host the SUP titles for the second year in a row and Geraldton is the perfect location,” he said.

“This is just another example of a big event that we have sponsored and we will be supporting many more major events in the future so we can see more high profile events here in the Midwest whether it is sport, music or other forms of entertainment.

“We want to be a destination of choice for events and we are dedicated to sponsoring events that we know our community will enjoy.”

In the last year alone the City has seen the likes of Cold Chisel, triple j’s One Night Stand event and the Perth Wildcats will head to Geraldton next week for two pre-season games.

“We are really starting to put Geraldton on the map as a destination for high profile events,” Mayor Van Styn said.

“The big events we have secured in the past have been so successful and we can see the positive flow on effects it is having on our tourism and economy.

“Next we will look at the possibility of an AFL pre-season match here in Geraldton.

“Sport is such a big part of our community and that is why we want to support events such as the Toyota Australian SUP Titles and we will look to support other future events,” Mayor Van Styn added.

Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Makes said he couldn’t be happier with how the 2016 Australian SUP Titles wrapped up.

"Geraldton has proven to be the perfect location for both SUP racing and surfing,” he said.

“We had amazing weather and waves over the four-day event window and Australia's best SUP competitors have revelled off the Batavia Coastline.

“This was arguably the best Australian SUP Titles ever and we're thrilled with the outcome."