Council backs the 2020 Battle on the Balonne after success
THE Battle on the Balonne, arguably one of the biggest fixtures on the southwest racing calendar, has received the backing of council for 2020.
The event was the fifth round of the Western Downs Triathlon Series, which also includes events in Toowoomba, Dalby, Roma and Goondiwindi, and is an annual swim, bike, run triathlon staged on the banks of the Balonne River in St George.
The 2019 event attracted 158 competitors and 316 spectators from near and far, totalling 474 attendees.
Of this number around 54 per cent, roughly 256 people, were from outside the shire and stayed an average of two nights.
It was estimated the race delivered $66,560 of direct economic benefits to the Balonne Shire.
To make the 2020 event bigger and better, St George Triathlon Club applied for funding under the Tourism Events Grant Funding Program.
In turn, council moved that they sponsor the club with $2000 as well as waive the $80, two-hour fee for the hire of the pool and $142 two-day fee for the amphitheatre.
Club president Luke Todd said he was extremely grateful that council jumped on board.
"We will be able to use the funds to secure traffic signs for road closures and use it on marketing to pump up the event,” Todd said.
"The planning is in process and hopefully it will be bigger and better.”