LABOR BRINGS PARAGLIDING’S BEST TO BRIGHT

Bright is set to host some of the best athletes from around the world when it hosts the Australian Paragliding World Cup next year.

Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today announced that the Andrews Labor Government secured the world-class event thanks to a $50,000 funding boost.

The Australian Paragliding World Cup Bright 2018 will be held at Mystic Park and is expected to attract up to 120 of the world’s best paragliders.

Ms Symes said competitors and spectators can look forward to an action-packed competition and a great atmosphere with something for everyone.

It will provide an opportunity for the people of Bright to showcase their local sports facilities, attractions and talent to even more people from around Australia and the globe.

Events like these play a big part in boosting our visitor economy, generating 210,000 jobs and more than $21 billion annually.

The Australian Paragliding World Cup will drive visitation to the region, boost local businesses, and inspire local athletes to join grassroots clubs and get involved.

The Labor Government secured next year’s Australian Paragliding World Cup through the $7.8 million Significant Sporting Events Program, which provides funding to lure the biggest and best sporting events to Victoria.

“The Australian Paragliding World Cup will be a great opportunity for Bright to shine on the world stage,” Ms Symes said.

“Bringing the world’s best paragliders to Bright will attract tourists to the region, create jobs, and keep local cafes, restaurants and hotels busy.

“Congratulations to the North East Victoria Hang Gliding Club for their hard work in securing this special event for Bright.”

To date, our program has invested almost $6 million to secure more than 250 sporting events across the state – more than half of these have been held in regional Victoria.

Grants are available to support event organisers, state sporting associations, sporting venues and Local Government Authorities.

For more information or to apply online visit www.sport.vic.gov.au.