Get the Calender out and start planning now…. Because over the next few months things around Gondi Region really go off.
Goondiwindi Regional Council says the actively calendar between now and July next year is filling up and it’s an exciting time for locals, business and visitors alike.
The Council Tourism Strategy was adopted in mid-2015, and in the two short years Council has achieved huge wins through securing funding for three tourist attractions – Coolmunda Dam, Texas Rabbit Factory, and Goondiwindi Customs House, and a feasibility study for an equestrian centre.
Council has appointed a Community Development and Events Coordinator, Megan Long, who is focused on helping local and external groups run successful events in our region.
“Events play a key role in fostering regional tourism and economic development. Events are also a cost-effective way of promoting a region and its attractions – as an event grows, it attracts tourists.”
“The positive economic impact and interest in a community that a successful regional event can provide not only helps to build a sense of local pride but can also foster confidence and strengthen the community as a whole.”
Megan says that as community, we all benefit from tourism and the tourism dollars spent in the region that support local business and ultimately contribute towards our everyday services.
“Whilst occasionally tourists might affect traffic flow, parking availability or crowded cafes, we encourage you to show that warm country welcome and appreciate the benefits they bring to this region.”
One recent example of success is that of the Albins ARB Goondiwindi 400 Off Road Rally. Goondiwindi Club Promoter Joe Bulmer was ecstatic when more than 100 nominations were received for the August event.
“We have one racing team that has booked out one whole Motel and I am sure the other hotels will be close to full as well. It is great to see and I am sure the whole town will benefit” Megan explained today that there’s plenty more on the horizon.
“And the best part is, once they have visited the area, they seem to be keen to return”.
Following are a few of the highlights to lock into the diary!
12-13 Aug Goondiwindi Polo – GiddyUpGundy
15-20 Aug Cotton Cutting Futurity – GiddyUpGundy
15-20 Aug Goondiwindi Poetry Arts QPF Satellite Tour
18-20 Aug Goondiwindi Albins ARB 400 Off-road Rally – celebrating 40 years
19 Aug Talwood Races – GiddyUpGundy
26-27 Aug Texas 100 Years on
30 Aug Weengallon Pink Ladies Day
2 Sept Inglewood Show n Shine
2-10 Sept Goondiwindi to Gold Coast Cycle Adventure Tour
9 Sept Groovin in the Grove
9 Sept XXXX Gold Goondiwindi Cup
10 Sept Rotary Gourmet in Gundy
18-23 Sept Texas Country Music Round up
18-24 Sept Caravan Clubs of Qld State Rally
30 Sept-2 Oct Goondiwindi Camp Draft
7 Oct Goondiwindi Plucked Duck BnS
2 Dec Bush to Port Race Day
3-4 Feb Hell of the West
26 Feb St Mary’s Parish Charity Race Day
24-25 Mar State Water Ski Championships
29 Mar – 2 Apr National Water Ski Championship
7 Apr Goondiwindi Picnic Races
2 Jun Inglewood Cup and Main Street Trades Day
6-9 Jul State Hovercraft Championships