The 2018 Offshore Superboat Championships return to Lake Macquarie’s waterways this weekend with the support of the NSW Liberal National Government.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said he is pleased the event is returning to Lake Macquarie once again.
“The Offshore Superboat Championships is Australia’s national series for Powerboat racing and promises to showcase the best of the region to a national and international television audience,” Mr MacDonald said.
“Anticipated to attract more than 1,100 overnight visitors and inject almost $551,000 into the local economy, the event will be broadcast nationally on SBS in Australia and distributed internationally to New Zealand, China and United Arab Emirates.”
“The Lake Mac Big Weekend will also offer artisan markets, music performances and a food and wine festival, providing the perfect opportunity for visitors to soak up the exciting event atmosphere.”
NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said bringing events to regional NSW was a key focus for the Government.
“The NSW tourism industry is a serious industry worth serious money so promoting our great State means more local jobs and growth in regional economies,” Mr Marshall said.
Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Cr Kay Fraser, said that with 12 events over two days, the Lake Mac Big Weekend was one of the Hunter region’s headline annual fixtures.
“Past years have shown us how popular this event is, not just with locals but with people coming from outside Lake Macquarie to stay for the weekend,” Cr Fraser said.
“One of the big drawcards of the Lake Mac Big Weekend is that it’s all free, but people who come for the event spend money on accommodation, food and entertainment, and this has significant benefits for the local economy.”
The event is expected to generate more than $10 million in direct and flow-on revenue for businesses in Lake Macquarie.
The Lake Mac Big Weekend will feature 12 separate events, including, jet ski races, aerobatic displays by Matt Hall Racing, a show and shine of vintage cars and hot rods, a Sunday food and wine festival and market stalls around the lake.