We asked Advocate readers for their suggestions about what event or festival the Coffs Coast should host that would attract thousands to our region ever year. Here's what you had to say.
Who's on the money? What are your thoughts?
Posted by david20 from Coffs Harbour Dc, New South Wales
How about a big Technology, Computer and Gaming Expo along the lines of E3?
Posted by marklinney from Woolgoolga, New South Wales
I have a BIG IDEA to 'showcase' this region. The event should be a triathlon or a round of the Ironman series.
Posted by garyhaseldine from Boambee, New South Wales
I agree with George Cacato the surf championships would be great during the summer months, however lets not limit ourselves to one big event. RIght here in coffs we have some of the most beautiful golf venues in the world and there is no major event in this country in =June.
Posted by pamos from Coffs Harbour, New South Wales
A thought for an event capable of catching national and international participation and exposure. November should be The Festival Oftyhe Guiness Book Of Records.
Posted by gcairncr from Boambee, New South Wales
There is no reason why a modernised Banana Republic week couldn't run in conjunction with an event such as the Surf Life Saving Titles for example as George Cecato has suggested.
Air show - years ago in the 1920's Coffs Harbour hosted an air show that had planes performing acrobatics and landing on the beach. Could also incorporate a sky diving championship.
I think that the “big idea” to Coffs Harbour back on the map lies with the harbour itself and the “Coffs Harbour Jetty Foreshores Plan of Management” adopted by the NSW Minister for Land in June 2008.
Silvana Camilleri JP
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Choral singing is enjoying a resurgence, the latest acknowledgement being the TV program "Glee" which follows "Battle of the Choirs" which followed the "Choir of Hard Knocks". Let's not drag the chain here, there are plenty of choral enthusiasts in Coffs Harbour to lend advice and support.
My idea for a big event is a Gold Coast Championship Cup, or Kanga Cup (soccer) style event here on the Coffs Coast in the April school holidays. The event this year on the Gold Coast attracted 170 teams. This could potentially attract up to 5000 people to the area, and could make this area the Football Hub of NSW, and maybe even Australia. It could even be called the Coffs Coast Championship Cup.
May I suggest that the possibility of attracting a "Campervan & Motorhome Club of Australia", (CMCA) rally.