Sunshine Coast, Qld (2 December, 2016) IRONMAN in partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland and Sunshine Coast Councill are excited to announce the expansion of the hugely successful Velothon brand into the Southern Hemisphere with the launch of the inaugural Velothon Sunshine Coast.
A three day mass participation cycling event in and around the stunning Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Velothon Sunshine Coast will be held from 13 to 16 July 2017.
With Velothons now well established in Berlin (15,000 riders), Wales (15,000 riders) and Stockholm (4,500 riders), the Velothon brand is ready to land on Australian shores.
“We couldn’t be more excited about bringing another world class event to the Sunshine Coast in what will be a first for the Southern Hemisphere,” IRONMAN Oceania Managing Director Dave Beeche said.
Velothon Sunshine Coast is a total immersion cycling experience taking place during the month of July, when the eyes of the world are on cycling. The event is delivered by IRONMAN Oceania in partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland and Sunshine Coast Regional Council.
“We wanted to create the ultimate winter cycling experience on and off the bike that will satisfy every cycling need. The essence of the concept is to get friends or family together for a cycling holiday, ride their bike every day in a great climate, through stunning countryside, and then sit back and relax in the event hub on Mooloolaba waterfront watching Tour highlights and reminiscing about the days riding,” Mr Beeche said.
Riders will be based in the event hub in Mooloolaba, unpack their gear once at this location, and begin each day’s stage from here. Each day’s course will take in a different part of the Sunshine Coasts stunning natural environment.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Kate Jones said the Velothon Sunshine Coast would deliver a unique cycling tourism experience for Queensland drawing thousands of athletes from across Australia and the world.
“With its incredible events success and stunning locations the Sunshine Coast is just the place to host the Velothon for the first time in the Southern Hemisphere,” Ms Jones said.
“This event will tap into the massive global cycling movement, offering thousands of athletes an amazing opportunity to compete and enjoy a Queensland holiday.
“By partnering with the strong Velothon brand, Tourism and Events Queensland is delivering on its commitment to secure events which deliver maximum benefits for the regions across the state.”
Mayor Mark Jamieson said it’s significant the Velothon event is being staged for the first time in Australia – on the Sunshine Coast. “Being chosen as the first area in Australia to host this new event is a testament to the region’s ability to stage major events,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“This prestige cycling event is anticipated to generate an economic contribution of $3.5 million for the local economy and also provide invaluable exposure for the whole region.
“Key to securing in-principle support to stage the event is the requirement that the event organiser host comprehensive information sessions with communities whose areas will potentially feature in the course.
“In the coming months we will work closely with event organiser to ensure that our residents are aware of the event course and supportive of the event as a whole.”
The Event will offer a three day and one day road cycling event and include: • 3 Day Velo ride from Friday to Sunday with each day being between 90km and 155km. • 1 Day Velo ride on the Sunday with two distance options from 95km and 155km • Participants can also enter as a team of four, in the three day ride, with the three best times combining for their stage finish time. • Velo Clubhouse event hub on the Mooloolaba waterfront providing highlights of the Tour. • Cycling sports expo ... See MoreSee Less
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Downunder Drive chief operating officer Aaron Flanagan said the new Downunder Drive destination brand would encompass the expansion and modernising of the Aussie World theme park as well as The Shed function and events venue, the sites existing retail village and a total redevelopment of the sites iconic Pub.
The Downunder Drive vision includes expanding the Aussie World theme park from its current 15 acres to making full use of the 55 acre footprint with new rides, attractions, amenities, and a green space suitable for a variety of events all under consideration.
The execution of the master plan would see a boost to the local economy with around 250 new jobs created; $150M plus is anticipated in economic impact from the construction phase and an ongoing economic impact of $160m plus annually for the local economy.
The future of the iconic Pub was also announced today with bold new plans revealing a more modern, family orientated, coastal tropical feel with a strong emphasis on local produce, art, culture, sports and iconic symbols of Australia.
The Pub’s new design has full blessings from Lindsay Cooper, the man who designed and built the original pub 27 years ago.
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“So the message today to all students across the Sunshine Coast who are going into Grade 10 and above next year is get your thinking caps on over the school holiday break, sort out your teams and come back in 2017 ready to bring your great ideas to life,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“Council is very proud to once again partner with Telstra to deliver this fantastic competition that aims to foster and grow entrepreneurship and innovative thinking by challenging our young people to come up with big ideas utilising technology.
“This is so important because many of the jobs and careers of the future haven’t even been created yet and they’ll be shaped by our bright young minds.
“We need to encourage students to express their talent in opportunities like the Mayor’s Telstra Technology Awards to give them real-life experiences in building new apps, or services or products.
“I was so impressed by the inventions that students put forward in this year’s competition and we clearly have many fantastically creative young minds on the Sunshine Coast who are focused on helping to develop a smart and healthy future. I’m really excited to see what students can come up with in 2017.”
Courtesy of Telstra, this year’s winning team from Unity College took home three Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge 64GB phones for their efforts, while their school was awarded two Asus 15” laptop computers, two Samsung VR headsets and a 60” Smart TV.
Year 11 student and member of the winning team Ellen Massey said that participating in the competition was an extremely rewarding experience.
“While it was obviously awesome to win and take home those terrific prizes, I had such a terrific time making our idea for the EJ2 Estress mobile app come to life over the 12 weeks of the competition,” Ellen said.
“The mentoring sessions we had at Spark Bureau with experts who have start-up business experience were amazing and I learnt so much.
“It’s definitely a changing world and this competition is a great example of how we’re going to implement different ideas in the future.
“It’s not just about the winning, you can get some great contacts and network with different companies by taking part in these awards, and it’s just a great experience.”
Telstra Area General Manager May Boisen said she hoped Ellen’s experience would encourage more girls to embrace technology and enter, with Telstra developing something special in store for the standout girls who take part in 2017.
“The best two girls who take part in the competition, as judged by their commitment and determination in the mentoring sessions, will win a Telstra technology experience where they will fly to Sydney, tour the Telstra experience centre, as well as enjoy mentoring with a senior Telstra female leader and have the opportunity to learn how media content is brought to life,” Ms Boisen said.
“The Sunshine Coast is a great region that’s fostering its talent and really looking to show young people new ways of thinking and these awards are just one way we can encourage students and schools from across the region to embrace technology,” Ms Boisen said.
“Ellen and her team are proof of the great things young people are capable of and also of the benefit they get from mentoring and using new technology.
“Telstra is proud to again work with the Mayor to the technology awards to bring the awards to life for another year.”