Teen hockey titles an economic boost for city
HUNDREDS of thousands of dollars are being shot into the Gladstone economy this week by an unlikely cause, Gladstone Hockey hosting the under-15 girls Queensland Championships.
While big money is usually linked to industry, 22 teams of chirpy young girls will help the cause as well.
In Gladstone for three days of action, most of the players are accompanied by parents, with officials making up numbers of close to 1000 extra mouths to feed, bodies to accommodate and wallets emptying into the local economy.
While Gladstone Hockey will see profits in the thousands of dollars, the bigger picture also has local business reaping the rewards.
Tweed Border is one of the teams in town for the event, and with two teams playing, the association alone has local businesses laughing all the way to the bank.
One of the businesses is Quest Apartments, which is also hosting an Ipswich team.
Barry Stack from Quest Gladstone said accommodation had been shared between the apartment groups.
"For us it's been fantastic, we've been able to fill the hotel. The majority of them arrived yesterday, which was great for the weekend traders as well," he said.
Tweed Border's Gladstone spend:
- Who: 30 players and 35 officials and parents
- Travel: Flew into Gladstone airport, caught taxis to accommodation
- Staying: Quest Apartments
- Eating: Woolworths and local eateries