Events are Coast’s greatest economic weapon

by Amber Madden & Samuel Poncini

The Sunshine Coast’s economy boomed last month when the 2016 Surf Live Saving Australian Championships took place at Maroochydore Beach.

Councillor Jason O’Pray said the Coast saw a fresh $20 million in revenue and the 7000 competitors that attended the event had a tonne of fun.

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Around 22,000 spectators flocked to Maroochydore Beach to catch all the action.
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The crowds made viewing room hard to come by, so some improvisation was required.

 

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Although the weather was lovely, competitors battled rough surf conditions.
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