Comments attributed to Cr Libby Stapleton, Mayor Surf Coast Shire Council.
“We appreciate the efforts by the World Surf League to ensure the Australian component of the World Tour can occur at all given the constraints brought about by the COVID19 pandemic.”
“Of course we are disappointed that this year’s Rip Curl Pro will not be going ahead at Bells Beach during Easter but we fully understand the decision.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the cancellation of many of our major events, including last year’s Rip Curl Pro and the international Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and Race Torquay.”
“The Surf Coast community values the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach very much – it is an integral part of our identity and economy. The event attracts tens of thousands of visitors to the area, and for many it is an annual pilgrimage.”
“The event also injects about $8 million dollars into the Surf Coast Shire economy over the Easter holiday period, and the global exposure it provides for our region contributes significantly to visitation.”
“Events play a critical part in creating prosperity and creating connections. We will be seeking to deliver as many COVID-safe events for community as we can in the coming months.”
“Council will also continue other activities begun last year to support local businesses during the pandemic. This includes a buy local campaign and a destination marketing campaign. These campaigns will continue beyond Easter as will our outdoor dining program which has led to pop up hospitality venues in key trading precincts.”