Kev Barker at Gatakers Arts Space is co-ordinating the exhibition Ulysses Journey which will be held in conjunction with the clubs annual meeting this year.
Kev Barker at Gatakers Arts Space is co-ordinating the exhibition Ulysses Journey which will be held in conjunction with the clubs annual meeting this year. Robyne Cuerel

Events and developments pumping $400 million into economy

THE future of the Fraser Coast's economy has never looked so bright, with at least $400 million to be pumped into the region over the next year-and-a-half.

Major events such as the 2013 Australian Scout Jamboree, 2013 Ulysses Club AGM and the Queensland Junior Surf Life Saving Championships are expected to contribute at least $10 million during the next six months, while roughly $300 million worth of development has been, or soon will be, approved by the council.

"The $300 million of development and the fact that we're opening our doors to everyone from the Ulysses to nippers is creating fantastic short and long-term benefits for the community," Mayor Gerard O'Connell said.

"The business community is very buoyant. And, significantly, is what will come of thousands of visitors who go back to their communities and talk about the Fraser Coast."

The 10-day scout jamboree in Maryborough has already had a huge impact on the local economy, with estimates of anywhere between $20-$80 million being spent by more than 11,000 scouts and their families.

In March, up to 5000 people are expected to flock to Hervey Bay to see more than 1500 of the state's top junior lifesavers battle the surf and sand at the surf lifesaving championships.

The Ulysses AGM in Maryborough in April is expected to be the biggest in the club's history, bringing 6000 people from across the country and injecting at least $10 million into the economy.

"They will be a terrific group to welcome, they are strong contributors to the economy and are looking for regions like the Fraser Coast," Cr O'Connell said.

The Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia Rally will be held in May followed by the Queensland Touch Football Junior State Cup and Queensland Music Teachers Conference in July.