Economy set to get Breakthrough boost

Central Goldfields Shire recreation officer Ben Robertson, Matthew Andrews and Central Goldfields Shire interim administrator Mark Davies are encouraging locals to sign up to volunteer at this yearʼs RACV Energy Breakthrough.

With just weeks until the 2017 RACV Energy Breakthrough, preparations are now in full swing and the countdown is officially on.

More than $4.8 million was injected into the local economy at the 2016 event which saw 8000 school students from across Australia participate and around 12,000 spectators descend on Princes Park.

The largest event on the local events calendar, Central Goldfields recreation manager Martin Mark said this year’s event is expected to attract record crowds.

“Preparations for the 2017 Energy Break- through event are well underway with the site build about to commence. The event barriers have started to arrive and the bridges will be installed by Friday next week,” he said.

“This year the event has attracted record entries with some categories full in just minutes of registrations being open.

“There have been more than 370 entries in total and about 150 schools represented in total.”

Central Goldfields Shire interim administrator Mark Davies said the significance of the RACV Energy Breakthrough could not be underestimated.

“The benefits of this major event are two-fold. Not only does it inspire students from across Australia to embrace learning and be creative and innovative but it also brings important tourism dollars to our community,” he said.

“Accommodation is at capacity, our restaurants and cafés are busy and other local businesses enjoy the flow on effects that only an event of this size and calibre can bring.”

For more on this story see Page 4 of The Advertiser, Friday, November 10.

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