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.”
Over 160 Surfers gather in support of Mental Health at Bells Beach and raise money for Strong Brother Strong Sister and One-In-Five.
Entries have opened for the 10th edition of the Surf Coast Century to be held on 11 September 2021 in Victoria’s Great Ocean Road region.
With the addition of the new 6.5km and 13km trail runs
Raising money and awareness for Mental Health.
Indigenous communities have gathered together on Wadawurrung Country at Urquhart Bluff for the annual Woorangalook Koori Surfing Titles over the weekend.
Events help connect, strengthen and inspire our communities, and to support their return in 2021-22 Surf Coast Shire Council has refreshed its Event Grants and Sponsorship Program.