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Thousands of motorsport fans are expected to line The Strand to see the country’s best drivers in the Supercruise parade tomorrow afternoon.
All 24 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship drivers will step into classic cars for the Supercruise journey from Fryer Street to Strand Park.
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said the Supercruise will be a great experience for motorsport lovers.
“The Supercruise is very popular and I love seeing the big crowd lining The Strand – Townsville City Council is proud to host this event,” Cr Hill said.
“Supercruise is a great way for families to see their favourite drivers and get their autographs at Strand Park.
“The Watpac Townsville 400 is one of the biggest events we host, and I’d encourage fans to make the most of this opportunity and rub shoulders with the drivers at Strand Park.”
Cr Hill said The Watpac Townsville 400 is an important weekend for the city.
“We have a proud track record of hosting national events and the Supercars race is one of the biggest attractions on our calendar,” Cr Hill said.
“We are the sporting and events capital of Northern Australia and we are very happy to support this race as the Watpac Townsville 400 boosts the economy and creates jobs for locals.”
Watpac Townsville 400 Event Manager Sam Pearce said last year’s inaugural Supercruise was an overwhelming success.
“It was great to see thousands of Supercars fans lining The Strand to welcome our drivers to the city,” Pearce said.
“The event is free for the whole family and a great way for fans to meet their favourite drivers and wish them luck before practice begins at Reid Park on Friday.
“There will be something for everyone with food vans, ticket giveaways, prize packs and car displays on the night.”
Local Councillor Ann-Maree Greaney said the Supercruise will be an exciting outing for children.
“The Supercruise will give kids a chance to meet their heroes,” Cr Greaney said.
“Children watch these drivers racing on TV – this gives them a chance to talk to the drivers and get their autographs.
“This is a great way for families to enjoy an afternoon at The Strand.”
Fans at Supercruise can go into the draw for 3-day Trackside Double passes, which include paddock and concert access.
The Supercruise begins at Fryer Street at 5:15pm on 4 July – the drivers will be signing autographs at Strand Park until 6:15pm.
FOX SPORTS’ Supercars Trackside will be broadcast LIVE from Strand Park from 5:30pm.
The Townsville 2020 Masterplan is coming into sharp focus in the 2019/20 budget, with almost $15 million to be invested in delivering major projects.
The Riverway Splash Water Park, Mount Louisa Open Space Masterplan Stage 1, Central Park, Castle Hill Concept Plan and Flinders Lane will all receive funding in Townsville City Council’s 2019/20 Budget.
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said the 2019/20 Budget demonstrated Council was building for our future.
“The Townsville 2020 Masterplan provides a clear vision for our city and this Budget is about delivering on that vision,” Cr Hill said.
“These projects are throughout the city and suburbs and they will deliver world-class experiences for both locals and visitors.
“Townsville 2020 is about setting our city up for the future and that’s why we are investing in these projects now.
“I’m very proud to be leading a team of Councillors delivering on our commitments to the community.”
Projects allocated funding in the Budget include:
- Castle Hill Concept Plan = $ 4.1m
- Riverway Splash Water Park = $ 3.6m
- Central Park Construction = $ 3.4m
- Mount Louisa Stage 1 Development = $ 2m
- Flinders Lane Development = $ 1.5m
The Riverway Splash Water Park is receiving $3.6 million in funding from the Queensland Government’s Works for Queensland program and the Castle Hill Concept Plan received $1.96 million from the Federal Government Building Better Region’s Fund.
Planning and Development Chair Deputy Mayor Les Walker said the Townsville 2020 projects would provide a shot in the arm to the city’s tourism sector.
“Developing these projects will ensure that our city has world-class experiences in the city and throughout the suburbs,” Cr Walker said.
“We know that when locals love an area it becomes much more likely to attract tourists.
“These projects will have a long-lasting impact on our city and provide benefits for years to come.”
Infrastructure Committee Chair Cr Mark Molachino said these projects would boost the economy through supporting construction jobs.
“Importantly, the Townsville 2020 projects will provide an opportunity for local firms to win work and create jobs for locals,” Cr Molachino said.
“Forecasts indicate that these five projects will create 119 jobs for our city.”
There is just over one week to go until Townsville City Council’s North Australian Festival of Arts (NAFA) and Northern Fringe Festival launches.
The inaugural festival will officially launch with the Neck of the Woods Festival taking place next weekend.
Townsville Choral Society will also start the Fringe Festival off strong with Heathers the Musical taking the stage from Wednesday next week.
Community and Cultural Development Committee Chair Cr Colleen Doyle said the opening week will set the scene for the entire month of July.
“Townsville is incredibly lucky to have a diverse arts and culture scene with a line-up of fantastic local events,” Cr Doyle said.
“The Northern Fringe Festival is officially launching at the Neck of the Woods Festival out at Pinnacles and Townsville Choral Society performing Heathers the Musical – based on the 1988 dark comedy of the same name.
“This really sets the scene for the massive line-up of events that make up both NAFA and the Fringe Festival.”
The Northern Fringe will accompany a stellar line-up of arts and culture that will make up NAFA – including Strand Ephemera, the Festival of Stories, a free San Cisco concert and plenty of kid’s activities.
Cr Doyle said she is looking forward to seeing some of the world-class acts performing in Townsville during July.
“Townsville will play host to internationally acclaimed performances and national acts alongside our talented locals,” Cr Doyle said.
“Townsville really is the arts, culture and events capital of North Australia and this line-up has something for everyone.
“The Wonderland Spiegeltent is a fantastic venue and I can’t wait to see it set up with a spectacular Strand backdrop during Townsville’s tropical winter.
“I really do encourage everyone to get their tickets now because I don’t want anyone to miss out on anything they want to experience.”
To book your Northern Fringe Festival and NAFA tickets, or to see the full program, visit: www.nafa-tsv.com.au
The Townsville Triathlon and Multisport Festival is back for a massive two weekends this year.
The 2019 event has been expanded over two weekends and will now include an off-road weekend of racing held at Pallarenda.
Townsville Triathlon and Multisport Festival Chair Jamie Fitzpatrick said the Festival has also secured three ITU World Championship qualifying events.
“The Townsville Triathlon and Multisport Festival has been successful in a bid to secure three qualifying events for the ITU World Championship,” Mr Fitzpatrick said.
“The finishing position of these races will determine the selection points for each competitor, giving them a chance race at Edmonton in Canada or Almere in Amsterdam in 2020.
“These qualifying events will bring interstate visitors to Townsville as they vie for their selection points and providing a good boost to the economy.”
Townsville will also hold five national titles for the next two years in the lead up to the 2021 ITU World Championships being held in Townsville.
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said securing the 2021 ITU World Championships has resulted in a great legacy for both the region and local festival.
“The Townsville Triathlon Festival will now host national titles and qualifying events in the lead up to the 2021 ITU World Championships, expanding the event to two weekends,” Ms Jones said.
“This announcement will boost the event’s status and attract more competitors from across Australia and the globe to our city. Showcasing the best of the region over two weekends of sport.
“The Townsville Triathlon Festival is fast becoming the biggest regional triathlon in Queensland, which only further cements the city’s reputation as a world-class sporting destination.
“This is another fantastic legacy off the back of securing the 2021 ITU World Championships, which is expected to pump $16 million into the local economy.”
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said these events show why Townsville is the events capital of North Queensland.
“Townsville is the perfect location for these world-class events, and we have shown time and time again that we can bring the crowds and participants here,” Cr Hill said.
“Hosting these events gives our city a major economic boost with visitors staying in our accommodation, eating in our restaurants, telling our story and enjoying the local attractions.”
There will be 22 events held over 2 weekends, with events suitable for experienced athletes through to beginners, teams and anyone just looking to have fun.
Triathlon Australia Chief Executive Officer Miles Stewart said Triathlon Australia are pleased to support the Intersport Townsville Triathlon Festival Multisport.
“Triathlon Australia are providing support by granting the event the 2019 Aquathlon and Duathlon national championships, in 2020 this will also include Cross Triathlon,” Mr Stewart said.
“This announcement is part of the strategy in preparation for next year’s ITU Multisport World Championships and is an enormous boost to the event and Townsville.
“The inclusion of these additional events will bring increased economic benefit to Townsville in the two years leading up to the World Championships.”
Local triathlete Conor McKay – who will be competing for the fifth time – said that the World Championship qualifiers will encourage interstate competitors to compete in the region.
“Out of town athletes will travel to experience the qualifying events and this gives them the chance to practice the course for the 2021 World Championships,” Mr McKay said.
This year’s qualifying events will include the Mater Classic Distance Triathlon, the GNM Duathlon, and the RMS Cross-Triathlon.
Registrations are now open, and all event details can be found at www.townsvilletrifestival.org.au