Tweed scoring tries with Origin coup
THE Tweed is eyeing a big win off the field as well as on, when the NSW Blues State of Origin Side set-up camp at Kingscliff in 2017.
Prominent Tweed figures are forecasting a major economic and tourism boost for the region after it was announced on Friday the NSW Blues would move their camp from Coffs Harbour to Kingscliff for two, one-week camps in the lead-up to games one (May 31) and three (July 12) of the State of Origin at Suncorp Stadium.
Working behind the scenes were Tweed MP Geoff Provest, Tweed Shire Council and the Mantra Group.
In addition to support from the NSW Department of Industries, Tweed Shire councillors voted to support the decision to assist with costs associated with establishing the camp in the Tweed.
Tweed Shire councillor and Tweed Shire Sports Advisory Committee member Pryce Allsop said the event would showcase the Tweed on the national and international stage.
"This opportunity represents an enormous boost to the Tweed region as a recognised and appealing destination, reinforcing the Tweed as a sports training and event destination,” Cr Allsop said.
Economically, the Origin side's visit is expected to have a short-term impact on businesses who'll then reap the long-term benefits, according to Kingscliff Chamber of Commerce president Mark Humphries.
"As a business chamber, we're pretty excited that it will bring some elite sporting personalities to our region,” Mr Humphries said.
"We find that they move about in the community and it gets people out there spending money and talking to locals and talking the place up. We're very excited for our 100-plus members and, if you extend that, we employ from those financial members about 2500 people in Kingscliff.”
Destination Tweed chief executive officer Bill Tatchell said having the side in the region would provide great exposure for Tweed tourism.
"This is positive exposure and it will result in people looking at the Tweed as a holiday destination,” he said.
The Mantra Group is also partnering with NSWRL to host the team at Mantra on Salt Beach Resort and the side will train daily at Cudgen Leagues Club.