Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Lake Brunner to feature in national cycle event

Media Release

15 December 2006.

Lake Brunner to feature in national cycle event

Six hundred cyclists and their support crews are expected to take part in the Around Brunner Cycle Race next April- the new event being planned to showcase spectacular scenery and become an annual major event in the region.

The 130 kilometre cycle race is the latest addition to the West Coast’s major events calendar.

The West Coast Development Trust has approved funding for the ‘Around Brunner’ event which will be held on 21st April next year with funding of $50,000 for 2007 and a further $25,000 being earmarked for 2008.

The event has been approved on the back of a regional Events and Conference Strategy being considered by the Trust to attract significant events to the Coast that will contribute economic impact and raise awareness of the region. It also dovetails into Tourism West Coast’s regional strategic plan. Chairman of Tourism West Coast, Tony Williams, says the event is well placed on the regional calendar and has the capability of quickly becoming one of our annual iconic events. “Hosting events like this means everyone wins; from the accommodation providers, tourist attractions and the retail sector.”

The West Coast already hosts several major events such as the start of the Speight’s Coast to Coast, the Buller Marathon, the Wild Foods Festival and the Greymouth Motor Cycle Street races.

“There is potential to attract not only high profile sporting events but cultural, creative and business events such as conferences to the region” said Trust CEO, MikeTrousselot. “The Trust recognises the spin offs from these activities by way of economic impact, regional awareness and repeat visitation” he said.

Around Brunner will be presented by Tim Scandrett of tps Event Management and Dale Coulter of Challenge Events. Tim has many years experience over a wide range of events with in the events industry, while Dale has been closely involved in the organizing of the Speight’s Coast to Coast and the AMP multi sports race as well as providing expertise in traffic management to many other events.

“We know this race has all the hallmarks of becoming a great event,” said Tim. We are confident that we will attract 600 riders from around the country in the first year, the setting is fantastic and the course will certainly prove challenging.”

“The support of the Development Trust will make a difference to how we present this inaugural event. Competitors in this sport are committed and discerning, they will follow the great races around the country. We hope to build the numbers annually and to attract some of the great names in cycling” said Tim. “However we are mindful of those who enjoy the sport on a more recreational basis and we want to encourage everyone who wants to participate,” he said

The start finish has not yet been confirmed but there are a number of options being considered. “Our biggest challenge will be to get the riders across the Taramakau road/rail bridge as early and efficiently as possible,” said Tim. “With an event like this the traffic management plan is critical and we will be working closely with local authorities to ensure the race provides the safest course for competitors with the least disruption to traffic.

You can read more about “Around Brunner” on www.aroundbrunner.co.nz.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election