Wellington excited for Red Bull Branched Out Competition

Dubbo Regional Council is proud to be partnering with Red Bull and Arboriculture Australia to bring the Branched Out 2018 competition to Wellington for a three-day action packed event this weekend.

From September 20 to 22 spectators will witness 100 competitors from more than 12 different countries climb the trees of Pioneer Park along the banks of the Bell River in Wellington, all vying for a share of over $20,000 in cash and $50,000 worth of equipment; making the Branched Out the richest tree climbing competition in the world.

The 100 tree climbers, including two local competitors, will be required to hit targets in the 40-metre-high tree canopy, starting at the top and swinging their way down to the ground in timed races. A benchmark of two minutes and 57 seconds was set last year, giving challengers something to aim for.

Spectators will be awed by the speed of the best in the business as they swing, climb and race through the canopy, with one male and one female crowned the Champions at the end of the three-day event.

Mayor of the Dubbo Region, Ben Shields is encouraging everyone to head to Wellington and make a day of it.

“Dubbo Regional Council is thrilled to have this global event hosted in our region. It puts us on the map once again. As a Council we are so pleased to host such an exciting and unique competition that will bring significant economic benefit to the town, estimated at around $300,000 across the three days,” Councillor Shields said.

“I’m hoping to see residents from across the whole LGA head down to Wellington and cheer the competitors on. This sport is unlike anything seen in the region before and fantastic for spectators so it is one that shouldn’t be missed.

“Springfest is also taking place so it’s the perfect time to get out and about or make the day trip to Wellington.”

The Branched Out event was held for the first time in 2017 in Balranald, NSW. Red Bull Australia and the event organisers are committed to hosting the event in smaller communities and engaging with local community groups.

Tree climbers start practicing Thursday September 20 2018, with the event kicking off on Friday September 21.

Dubbo Regional Council’s partnership in this event includes $15,000 of in-kind and financial sponsorship through the Major Event Sponsor Program. Council has also worked with Wellington businesses to be able to benefit from the influx of visitors and the unique nature of this major event.

Last Edited: 21 Sep 2018

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