Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to donate the major event application fee of $874 for Obstacles Gone Mad! Whitsundays, scheduled for the 30th May, 2015.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council will also provide additional in-kind support by providing staff to assess the site after the event and conduct rubbish cleaning where necessary.
“Last week, Terrain Training announced they were bringing Obstacles Gone Mad! to the Whitsunday region this year and Council is pleased to assist the organization and hosting of this event by donating the event fee and providing in-kind support,” she said.
“Obstacle challenges are becoming extremely popular nationwide with various courses being conducted in Queensland attracting large numbers of competitors and spectators.
“Obstacles Gone Mad! Whitsundays is expected to attract between 2,000 and 4,000 participants to our region and is classified as a major event.
“As this is the inaugural event in our region for Terrain Training, Council is pleased to be able to help contribute to the success of the event by donating the fees and providing in-kind support.
Mr Shane Elisara owner of Terrain Training said the Whitsundays is the best location in Australia to hold an event like this and Obstacles Gone Mad! Is the first event of its kind being held in the region.
“I’m very excited about being able to bring a major obstacle style event, which includes mud and fun and challenging obstacles to one of the most beautiful parts of Australia,” he said.
“Obstacles Gone Mad! Is the only major obstacle event officially announced, for every one of all ages and fitness levels, in North Queensland for 2015.
“It is exciting to be introducing an event which is increasing in popularity in Australia to the Whitsunday region and our goal is to have the Whitsunday community and businesses involved in the event to make it a huge success for the area.
“I’d like to thank Wings Whitsunday Adventures, Whitsunday Regional Council, Whitsunday Marketing and Development Limited and Tourism Whitsundays for working collaboratively to bring this event to the Whitsunday region.”
Whitsundays Marketing and Development Limited (WMDL) Executive Director Jeff Aquilina congratulated the Whitsunday Regional Council and Terrain Training on bringing another great event to the region.
“It is certainly great to see another new event confirmed for our region which contributes towards attracting more visitors to the Whitsundays and generating economic benefit for our local business community,” he said.
“We have already received great interest from our media and trade networks and have seen a spike in interest from both our local community and travellers on our social media channels.
“Events are such an important contributor to our region’s success in attracting visitors, increasing visitor expenditure and bringing our region to life and I am pleased to see that Obstacles Gone Mad! is heading to the Whitsundays this year.”
The event is being conducted on private property at Lot 39 Coopers Road, Kelsey Creek with bus services to and from local towns provided.