Thousands of scouts to roll in
PLANNING is well under way to convert the Maryborough Showgrounds into a tent city come January for the 2013 Australian Scout Jamboree.
The scout jamboree, which is held every three years, will call Maryborough home next year when scouts from all over Australia join forces for the ten-day scouting spectacular in the Fraser Coast.
Australian Jamboree 2013 chief director Pieter Van Der Kamp was in Maryborough last week sizing up the showgrounds ahead of the event.
"At the moment we are working on our floorplans and working out where to put everything," Mr Van Der Kamp said.
"We have also been talking to local businesses to finalising contracts in the area.
"Our next step is a meeting with council next week to make sure everything is on the right track."
AJ2013 marketing and communications director Robyn Devine said the jamboree would not only bring money in to Fraser Coast businesses, but would showcase the area to thousands of guests.
"The scouts and their leaders will all be based at the showgrounds for the jamboree," Ms Devine said.
"We are going to use the showgrounds to build a mini tent city.
"There will be thousands upon thousands of tents to house all of the scouts."
Ms Devine said businesses throughout the Fraser Coast would benefit from the jamboree, with local produce already being sourced for the event.
"We will need to provide enough food for 12,000 people over ten days," she said.
"Just making sausages on bread will take at least 24,000 sausages and about 750 loaves of bread.
"All of that produce will hopefully come from Maryborough and Hervey Bay."
Choosing Maryborough as the host town was an easy decision for organisers, Ms Devine said.
"In the past we have held the jamboree at camping grounds," she said.
"It meant we had to bring in all of the infrastructure ourselves and set it up.
"Holding next year's event in Maryborough means we don't have to spend as much time setting up the grounds."
The construction of the jamboree site at the Maryborough Showgrounds will start in early December.
Scouts are expected to arrive on January 2.