- Tuesday 22 March 2016
The countdown to the Aussies has officially started with work starting on the set up for the mammoth event.
Sunshine Coast Council CEO Michael Whittaker said that for the first time since 1980, the iconic Australian Surf Life Saving Championships were returning to the Sunshine Coast.
“From April 16-24, the Sunshine Coast will play host to the world’s biggest surf sports event,” Mr Whittaker said,
“More than 7000 surf lifesavers from 313 surf clubs will compete in more than 400 events in Youth, Open and Masters categories.
“In preparation for the festival, Council and Surf Life Saving Australia have coordinated their efforts to commence an early set up to limit impact and disruption over the busy Easter and school holiday period.
“Extensive provisions are required for such a significant event and residents will notice the set up of temporary infrastructure along Maroochydore, Alexandra Headland and Mooloolaba beaches.
“In particular, a lot of infrastructure is being installed at Pierce Park in Maroochydore, which will act as the central operations area for the championships.
“It’s important to note that the installation of these temporary structures will not disrupt normal beach activity, parking or traffic in these areas and will stop over the Easter school holiday period.
“It’s very exciting to see the structures go up and we can get to see the full scale and magnitude of this event.
“This action packed nine-day competition will offer plenty of excitement and free activities and we encourage all Sunshine Coast residents to come and watch the event and be part of the festivities in April.”.
For more information on the Aussies, visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/majorevents.