Big events making their way to Dubbo

Aleague

In the past few weeks some very exciting major events have been announced for Dubbo.

From the A-league trial match between the Newcastle Jets and Sydney FC in September to the Red Hot Summer Tour happening in April next year, it is great that Dubbo is able to attract these events.

The A-league match is a great opportunity to see two of the top teams in a great national competition battle it out as they prepare for the upcoming season.

The Red Hot Summer Tour is an exciting concert that brings some of Australia's most talented artists onto the one stage for a massive day of entertainment. The tour has been to Dubbo before of course, but had a hiatus this year.

Council worked hard with the organiser to get us back on the calendar for 2020 and there is an exciting line up including James Reyne, The Living End, the Angels, Baby Animals, Killing Heidi and Boom Crash Opera.

This is the 10th anniversary of the Tour and Dubbo has been lucky enough to host a number of shows now. Lazy River Estate is a fantastic venue and come Saturday, April 4, there will be a massive crowd.

We also have the National Rugby Championships match between the NSW Country Eagles and the Sydney Rays.

For those who may not know, the NRC is a high level national rugby union competition, just below Super Rugby.

The Country Eagles are a Western NSW team, so this is like a home game but until now they haven't played in Dubbo, and this match is effectively a city versus country showdown, so a vocal home crowd for the Eagles would be fantastic.

And just to show that Council is constantly looking for new events to bring, last week it was announced the Athletics NSW Country Championships will be held at Barden Park in February.

This will bring some 1200 athletes to the city for three days of competition. That is expected to inject more than half a million dollars into the local economy.

A city the size of Dubbo can support major events and it is important that your Council work to draw them here. Not just so we can have fantastic entertainment but also for the economic benefit.

In the past there has also been discussion about trying to attract an NRL game. It is something that people ask me about constantly and it is something I am particularly keen on.

Council staff and I recently met with Group XI and discussed options to try and bring a game here. It is something we will investigate the possibility of because it is quite clear that people want to see a game at Apex Oval.

There is no doubt it would be another great drawcard for the city and would bring people from all over Western NSW. There are opportunities available with the stadium redevelopments taking place in Sydney too so we are looking at every option.

Last Edited: 07 Aug 2019

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