Maryborough State High School’s junior boys team, the Holy Rollers, at this year’s Technology Challenge.
Maryborough State High School’s junior boys team, the Holy Rollers, at this year’s Technology Challenge. Karleila Thomsen

Major sponsor signs up again

FOLLOWING the weekend's 24-hour Human Powered Vehicle Championships, $30,000 has been secured for next year's challenge.

In a major coup for sustainable energy research on the Fraser Coast, RACQ has agreed to back Maryborough's Technology Challenge next year.

The insurance and motoring giant has committed the spending to ensure the future and continued success of the state's largest technology event, where students design, build and race a variety of machines that harness alternative energy.

RACQ sponsorship and event manager David Contarini said the event's message was important to the local community.

"It allows us to highlight our commitment to sustainable energy and to teach students about alternative means of travel," he said.

This year's event saw more than 8000 flock to Maryborough's centre to watch more than 100 teams compete.

Last year's winning school St Mary's was again triumphant.

Police were pleased with the weekend's events, with only one arrest - for public nuisance - reported.

Fraser Coast Council event organiser Kim Griffin said locking in a major sponsor allowed organisers to begin planning for next year's event sooner than anticipated.


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