CHANGES to the course for the upcoming 2012 Ultimate Triathlon will ease the impact on motorists by allowing road access to residents during the event.
The triathlon will be staged in Forster on October 6-7 and organisers Elite Energy are keen to work with residents to minimise road delays as much as possible.
Elite Energy managing director Mark Emerton said he is looking forward to the new arrangements.
“We took in to account resident concerns from last year and will be putting in place access for residents only on the course,” Mr Emerton said.
Details of the event can be found at www.eliteenergy.com.au
“We will also be advising residents of the best travel times to avoid delays.”
Mr Emerton said as with any event or even in times of high traffic like Christmas and Easter holidays, motorists will be required to adjust expected travel time and be prepared to spend a few minutes extra on the road.
“Our relationship with the Forster community is very important and the contribution to community groups and boost to tourism is something we work hard to get right so there is benefit to the greater region,” Mr Emerton said.
The 2012 Ultimate Triathlon will once again bring major benefits to the region with businesses, community groups and tourism in general the major benefactors.
This year the main race is part of the Triathlon Australian National Qualifying Series and there will be some big names racing.
Last year’s event brought over 1000 visitors and nearly $1million in to the local economy over a weekend outside of the peak periods.
Great Lakes Tourism manager tourism and marketing Richard Old is excited about the event and the opportunities it will create in the region.
“The Great Lakes has a reputation for putting on world class events,” Mr Old said.
“This event last year was a resounding success and this year is shaping up to be even bigger.
“Special events are an important part of how we market the Great Lakes; they bring visitors to the region, boost the local economy - put simply the whole community benefits.”