THE Tweed has been chosen to host the 2013 netball Challenge Carnival which will attract more than 2000 players, officials and spectators to the shire.
The Tweed Netball Association will be the hosting body and provide the Tweed with a unique opportunity to showcase the area to Queensland and NSW netball communities.
It is the first time the Netball Queensland event will be hosted by the Tweed Netball Association and is also the first time since 2003 a state event will be held in the 'Golden South'.
Supported by tourism promotion company Destination Tweed, the event will be held at Arkinstall Park from June 22 until June 24 and is expected to give accommodation providers, restaurants, retail outlets and associated service providers a real boost.
Destination Tweed CEO Bill Tatchell said the Challenge Carnival would have an immediate direct benefit on tourism and business by attracting an estimated 2000 people to the Tweed.
"We are hopeful that their 'taste' of the Tweed during the three day Challenge Carnival will encourage many of these families to return for longer stays which may, in turn, prompt them to consider relocating and investing in the region," Mr Tatchell said.
Netball Queensland acting CEO Hamish Johnston said Netball Queensland was excited to be able to bring back a state event to the Golden South region, in particular the Tweed Netball Association".
"This is a fantastic opportunity for not only Tweed Netball Association, but the surrounding community to benefit from Challenge Carnival," Mr Johnston said.
The Challenge Carnival runs over three days and is open to competitors aged between 12 and 16 years.