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Phillip Island to host national surfing titles

Bass Coast will host the Australian Junior Surfing Titles next year after Bass Coast Shire Council gave the tick of approval to the partnership agreement with Surfing Victoria tonight.

Churchill Ward Councillor, Phil Wright, said the Junior Surfing Titles will be a great event and investment for the region, with surfing in Australia being a multi-billion dollar industry.

“Surfing styles continue to evolve and so do judging, facilities, management and financing. It is good to see that Council is engaged in the new model for National Juniors," Cr Wright said. 

"There is a great community outcome with the chance to watch the new styles of the hottest juniors and good economic benefits for local business. This is the first step in delivering tangible outcomes for the Surfing Reserve and ensuring that our coast is valued and managed appropriately.”

Council will contribute a partner fee of $20,000 to host the event, which will be held in 2016 from 28 November to 5 December.

The Junior Titles, which will be held at Woolamai Beach, with Flynns Reef and Surfies Point as back-up venues, normally attracts around 200 surfers in the 13 to 19 year age bracket from around Australia and has potential to provide economic benefit of around $300,000 to the region.

The event also gets extensive media coverage, promoting the Phillip Island Surfing Reserve Australia-wide.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Jordan Crugnale said Council does not have an event acquisition program and there would be opportunities in various sectors including the outdoor and watersports arena.

“We have worldclass sites and the Bass Strait winds and perfect conditions whether they be surfing, and Cr Wright has been instrumental in bringing the Junior titles here to the Shire, windsurfing competitions in Anderson Inlet, paddleboarding, sailing and even land based adventure sports and cycling,” Cr Crugnale said.