Events to see millions injected into Bunbury

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times

Tens of thousands of visitors are expected to inject millions of dollars into Bunbury as an impressive events line up continues to grow for the city.

Nearly every weekend until February is marked with an event on the Visit Bunbury calendar, with Christmas and first weekend in January the only exceptions.

Between December and May, Bunbury City Council is either hosting or supporting up to 20 “significant” events which include the highly popular Nitro Circus and BMX National Championships.

While the events calendar is already brimming, acting chief executive officer Mal Osborne revealed to the Bunbury Herald that another “significant national sporting event” would be announced in the coming weeks.

Mr Osborne said the events would attract visitors from across the country.

“It is incredible that during this period every weekend features at least one event capable of attracting a significant number of visitors into our city,” he said.

“Tens of thousands of people will be drawn to Bunbury over the course of these events.

“This is highlighted by the amount of accommodation bookings the Bunbury Visitor Centre has already processed for events officials, which is nearing the $90,000 mark – all going back into the local community.”

With 4000 visitors expected for both the Nitro Circus and BMX titles and 2500 estimated for the Australian Beach Games – to be held in February – plus 40,000 on Australia Day for SkyFest, Mr Osborne said the benefits would be huge.

“With these numbers representing those travelling from outside Bunbury for these events, the economic impact on our city runs well into the millions,” he said.

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