Turf down ahead of British & Irish Lions tour


Cr Russell Green and Damien Massingham (Tourism Noosa)

Councillor Russell Green today inspected the upgrade of the pitch at the Noosa Dolphins Rugby Union Club. The upgrade is part of Council’s investment in the Club ahead of the British & Irish Lions Tour which will see The Lions visit Noosa for the official Training & Recovery Week as part of their 2013 Tour of Australia.
Councillor Russell Green said “The British & Irish Lions Tour will be the biggest sporting event in Australia in 2013 and having the Training & Recovery Week in Noosa for the team is a real coup for our destination”.
Celebrating their 125th anniversary tour in 2013, the tour takes place every 4 years but only comes to Australia every 12 years and will incorporate 6 regional games and 3 test matches in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.
Between 100 and 200 people including the team, management and media will visit for the week in June 2013 for the Training & Recovery Week which will include three days of training plus some recovery time for the team. In addition to this, the tour attracts about 25 000 fans that travel around the world following one of the world’s most famous touring Rugby Union teams.
General Manager of Tourism Noosa, Mr Damien Massingham said “Tourism Noosa in conjunction with Sunshine Coast Council, Tourism Queensland, Events Queensland and Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd is actively committed to maximising this international opportunity and is also targeting domestic and New Zealand rugby fans to visit Noosa during this time”.
“Council is committed to ensuring Noosa and the region is showcased to its finest and investing in the playing surface is part of our commitment” Councillor Green said.