Surf carnival to draw crowd

Saltbar is preparing for the NSW State Surf Life Saving Championships. Raju Pathak (front) with ‘Walsey’, Juliet Green and Siemon Mcfie.
Saltbar is preparing for the NSW State Surf Life Saving Championships. Raju Pathak (front) with ‘Walsey’, Juliet Green and Siemon Mcfie. Blainey Woodham

THE Tweed economy will receive a boost next week when the New South Wales Surf Life Saving Championships come to town.

The event has been billed as the second largest surf sports carnival in the country and will attract thousands of people to the Tweed region.

More than 8000 competitors will take part in the event and an anticipated 12,000 supporters and spectators are expected to set up camp.

The highly anticipated event is expected to bring in $18 million to the business community, according to statistics from Tourism Australia.

Saltbar Beachbar and Bistro is one Kingscliff venue ready to cater for extra business, according to general manager Juliet Green.

“We have been taking a lot of bookings, especially from surf clubs in Sydney,” Ms Green said.

“We are running a 10-day surf lifesaving festival at our venue.

“We will be having drink specials, meal specials and a lot of free entertainment for kids.

“It’s great to have an event like this here.

"It showcases the area and provides a lot of business.

“I know a lot of the hotels are booked out for this time.”

Ms Green said the business was looking forward to supporting the Surf Life Saving Championships.

“We will have a vending cart down at the championships,” Ms Green said.

“We are expecting quite a few thousand extra customers.

"We are all expecting it to be very busy over the next few weeks.

“It is great to see an event like this come to Tweed.”

The Tweed region has not hosted a major championships event since the early 1990s and volunteers from the Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving Club are eager to show off their hosting skills.

The state’s finest junior surf lifesavers will kick-start 10 days of competition from Friday, March 11 to Sunday, March 13.

The Masters and Opens competitors will hit the beach from Thursday, March 17 to Sunday, March 20.

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