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Minister throws support behind iconic Burleigh Pro
24 January 2018
As some of the world’s best surfers get set to carve up the waves of the Gold Coast, Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones has pledged her support to one of Australia’s most iconic surfing events.
Ms Jones said the Burleigh Pro World Surf League Qualifying Series fixture attracted tens of thousands of people to Burleigh headland and was worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Gold Coast’s economy.
“We know events like the Burleigh Pro drive visitors to the Gold Coast,” she said.
“That’s why the Palaszczuk Government has committed to supporting the Burleigh Pro – investing $90,000 since 2015, including $20,000 to back this year’s fixture.
“Events are a great return on investment and with the backing of a Labor government, our It’s Live! in Queensland calendar will be worth $780 million to the Queensland economy this year, up from $600 million in 2017.”
Ms Jones said there was no doubt the high calibre of surfing talent at the Burleigh Pro was a drawcard for locals.
“With an extra day added to this year’s event, Gold Coast surfing fans have even more to look forward to,” she said.
“A total of 11,831 watched the event from the Burleigh foreshore last year - 4551 of those came from outside the Gold Coast. That’s a testament to how lucrative this event is for local businesses.
“Burleigh headland has a rich history when it comes to surfing and it’s great to think one of Queensland’s most successful surfers, Julian Wilson, and the 2017 Quicksilver Pro Champion, Owen Wright, cut their teeth at this event in recent years.
“That’s another important part of supporting events like the Burleigh Pro - giving emerging athletes a path to higher honours.”
The 2018 Flight Centre Burleigh Pro runs from 25-28 January. For more details on the event, click here.