Council saves triathlon

THE Agnes Water Triathlon has received a last minute reprieve thanks to the generosity of the Gladstone Regional Council.

The triathlon was in jeopardy due to changes in regulations on road closures.

Organisers of the triathlon failed to notice the changes when first organising this year’s event and only realised last week that they would need an extra $4000 to fund the closure of the roads.

“The regulations changed and it now costs $4000 for a private company to come in,” co-ordinator of the event Mel Robeck said.

“I was ready to have the entry form go on line on August 1 and then I found out about the changes a couple of days beforehand.”

Gladstone Regional Council CEO Graeme Kanofski said at the council meeting yesterday that there was no provision in the budget. However, Councillor Matt Burnett asked if council would consider helping the event.

“Normally the council wouldn’t approve funding, but in this case council didn’t give them the information in the first place and now they are halfway through organising it and it’s only fair that we help them out,” Mr Burnett said.

“We’re hoping we can work with a local service provider like the SES or Lions Club and maybe the Council could provide the signs and some staff just to make the event happen.”

Due to the uncertainty regarding road closures, Councillor Maxine Brushe said council needed to be informing other groups and clubs about the changes.

“This is a cost that they will have to bear.”

Councillor Burnett said it would be appropriate to help the event this year and inform others of the changes for next year.

Ms Robeck said that up until yesterday the event wasn’t going to happen.

“I’m really pleased and excited that the (Agnes Water) triathlon can now go ahead thanks to the council’s generosity,” Ms Robeck said.

“Last year we had 100 competitors and this year we are hoping for at least 120 competitors.

“It would have been disappointing if we had to cancel.”

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