The Bunbury City Council have reported a $2.9 million economic injection following a choc-a-block event season that included the 2018 BMX Australia National Championships

COVER PIC: Aussie riders attacking the Bunbury track during the 2018 BMXA National Championships. (Pic courtesy of Energy Images)

Bunbury BMX Club came alive from March 19-25 this year, with well in excess of 1000 riders hitting the track in the hope of achieving glory at the 2018 BMXA National Championships.

Like any national championships, riders came from far and wide to the city of Bunbury, 180km south of Perth. Of the 102 Aussie clubs represented on the national stage, 29 were from Queensland.

As expected, it was the locals who had the strongest show of numbers, with 17.5% of the riders on track in Bunbury representing the great state of Western Australia. For many the intra-state travel was just as rewarding of an experience as those undertaking interstate travel.

Despite on-track action being the main drawcard for those spending anywhere from three to seven nights (or more) in Bunbury, there were attractions aplenty in the city that drew the attention of Australia’s BMX membership.

Chief among the most popular were the Bunbury Wildlife Park and Dolphin Discovery Centre. A handful of Australia’s elite riders, and a few Kiwis who were visiting the west to compete in the 2018 UCI Oceania Continental Championships.

Other events that contributed to Bunbury’s well-deserved windfall included the Bunbury Beer and Cider Festival, South West Multicultural Festival, Geographe Gift, Perth Glory versus Canberra United W-League match and the Bunbury Fringe Fest.

In 2019 Australia’s biggest BMX event will once again travel to a regional hotspot. On June 22 of this year BMXA announced Shepparton as the location of next year’s Aussie titles, with support from the Victorian State Government and Greater Shepparton City Council.

Read up on the economic benefit to Bunbury in The West Australian, HERE.