Cudgen Surf Life Saving Club president Garry Cain, athlete Scott McCartney and Tweed Shire Mayor Warren Polglase celebrate the club’s successful bid to host the 2011/12 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships.
Cudgen Surf Life Saving Club president Garry Cain, athlete Scott McCartney and Tweed Shire Mayor Warren Polglase celebrate the club’s successful bid to host the 2011/12 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships. Blainey Woodham

Kingscliff clinches eminent event

THE KINGSCLIFF economy is set for a $38 million boost over two years with yesterday’s announcement the town will host the NSW Surf Life Saving Championships.

Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving Club president Gary Cain got the call yesterday morning informing him the club would be organising the massive carnival in 2011 and 2012, with the possibility of also running the 2013 event.

With each event worth approximately $18 million, there is a possibility the Kingscliff economy could reap a $54 million reward.

Tweed Shire Council has committed $80,000 worth of support to the week-long carnival, which will attract about 12,000 people per day to the beach at Kingscliff.

Mayor Warren Polglase said the championships would be the second largest event in the Tweed Shire, behind the World Rally Championships.

“The Cudgen Headland SLSC is to be congratulated for their efforts in securing this prestigious championship event and taking on this challenge,” he said.

“We at Tweed Shire Council are the back room engine and we are fully supportive of their endeavours.”

Cr Polglase said it was thanks to previous councils, which had fought to push forward with projects like Salt and Casuarina, that the Tweed was in a position to host the event.

“Unless we had those facilities here you wouldn’t have the opportunity to make this possible.”

Manager of Surf Sports for SLSNSW Jodi Thomas said the Tweed ticked all the boxes during the bidding process.

“The location is fantastic, the beach is large enough to stage all the various competition areas and the accommodation and other facilities in the Tweed region make Kingscliff a great venue,” she said.

Cudgen SLSC President Gary Cain said his members were looking forward to staging a world-class event.

“We are very excited our nomination was accepted and we realise there is a lot of work ahead but think it will be a great event for the community, club members and the club itself,” he said.

“It was a really difficult task, we had five other council’s bidding to host the championships and we all obviously put in a lot of effort and dollars to make it happen.”

The club, which boasts 300 members, has held four state titles in the past, the last in 1995.

In 1978 it hosted the Australian championships, drawing about 25,000 people.



What not to do with a sea snake

What not to do with a sea snake

Farmer handles highly venomous sea snake on Fraser Island holiday

GALLERY: Tweed River High School students shine

GALLERY: Tweed River High School students shine

Watch out for our special formals insert on December 1

Local Partners