Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    2006 jam-packed with exciting events for WA

    8/12/2005 12:00 AM
     
    8/12/05

    Perth will be transformed into Cricket City next December, when it celebrates the third Ashes Test Series at the WACA with a 10-day festival of cricket.

    The new event, which will be confirmed after the Australian Cricket Board meet tomorrow, will be held from December 14 to 18 next year and is one of six new events on the 2006 Western Australian Events Calendar.

    Launching the calendar in Perth today, Tourism Minister Mark McGowan said there would be 49 local, national and international events held throughout the State next year, bringing an estimated $41million into the Western Australian economy.

    Other new events featured on the 2006 Calendar include:
    • the third match in the Bundaberg Rum Rugby Series between the Qantas Wallabies and Ireland at Subiaco Oval - June 24;
    • the Great Western Australian Bike Ride - March 19 - April 1;
    • Red Bull Air Race and Festival - November; and
    • Velux 5 Oceans Yacht Race - December.
    Mr McGowan said the calendar also included major events such as the Hyundai Hopman Cup XVIII, the Johnnie Walker Classic, the Gravity Games H20 and Ironman Western Australia Triathlon.

    “Next year’s Events Calendar is jam-packed with exciting events for Western Australians throughout the State,” he said.

    “Events are big business for WA - boosting the economy, sustaining jobs, attracting visitors and building our sense of community.

    “The State Government works hard to secure world-class events for WA through EventsCorp, which puts together highly competitive and innovative bids to ensure our State is right up there when it comes to events.

    “The new Cricket City event was devised by EventsCorp and the WACA and saw us win the right to host the important third test, a possible deciding match in the Ashes series, over other States.

    “The 10-day Cricket City festival will include a legends game, concerts and cricket clinics for young aspiring cricketers. I expect Perth will be home to hundreds of English fans - the Barmy Army - and rivalry will be strong.

    “It will be a fantastic atmosphere and the economic benefits will be huge.”

    The 2006 Western Australian Events Calendar is available online at http://www.westernaustralia.com

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