Gordonvale’s Great Pyramid Race and Country Fair has been given a boost, with Cairns Regional Council increasing its funding of the annual event.
Council will provide $23,731 in financial and in-kind support for the 2017 event – an increase of almost $5000.
“This reflects the growth in the event and the benefit it delivers for our community,” Division 1 Councillor Brett Moller said.
“The race up Walsh’s Pyramid has become an iconic Far North attraction. It’s been running for 55 years and just keeps getting bigger and better.
“Last year’s festival attracted 200 race participants and 15,000 spectators. It really is becoming one of our region’s biggest annual events and one that Council is proud to support.”
Cr Moller said the growth of the Great Pyramid Race and Country Fair contributed significantly to Gordonvale’s economic sustainability, which is the subject of a soon-to-be-completed study.
“We’re getting very close to finalising the economic development plans for both Gordonvale and Babinda,” Cr Moller said.
The objective of the plans is to stimulate economic activity, encourage investment and increase employment opportunities while actively promoting the region and contributing to the liveability of the towns.
“The plans will recognise that these two townships have their own identities and strengths that need to be considered when looking at development and strategic planning,” Cr Moller said.
“We want to make sure these very important townships, with all of their history and character, can continue to thrive under a changing economic climate.
“In the short term, supporting events like the Great Pyramid Race and Country Fair is one small way we can give an immediate boost to this fantastic community.”
- The 2017 MSF Sugar Great Pyramid Race will be held on Saturday 19 August 2017.
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