The last weekend of winter produced plenty of major events across Bendigo, with the Battle of Bendigo, Bendigo on the Hop and Bendigo Country Classic all hailed as a success.
Council’s manager of Major Events and Tourism Terry Karamaloudis said all three events made a significant impact on the city’s economy.
“There was solid demand for accommodation, cafes and restaurants all traded very well,” Mr Karamaloudis said.
“Many new visitors to the city got to see not only the fantastic events that were on, but also just what a beautiful, contemporary city Bendigo is,” he said.
The warmer months to come means there is no shortage of events to look forward to across the region.
“The next few months will be very busy with an exciting events calendar,” Mr Karamaloudis said.
Some of the headline events to come include the Bendigo Blues and Roots Music festival in November, the Bendigo Kids Tryathlon, National Swap Meet and Bendigo Heritage Uncorked, to name a few.
The sellout of Bendigo Stadium for the first time last weekend for the Battle of Bendigo boxing event was praised by Mr Karamaloudis, who said it was a great achievement.
“We have a responsibility to support and influence activation of the stadium and we hope it is the first of many sellouts at the venue,” he said.
With more than 100 events staged annually across a broad range of portfolios, the door remains open for a repeat of last weekend’s events, in particular more boxing events for the region.
“Whether it’s boxing or an arts and cultural event or an event in another sector, all proposals will be considered and we hope to have many more events coming to Bendigo,” Mr Karamaloudis said
– NICHOLAS NAKOS