Council gives support for pilot motorcycle festival
KYOGLE Shire Council has given in-principle support for the pilot Lions Tourist Trophy motorcycle festival, giving locals, potential visitors and organisers some degree of certainty.
However, full approval for the October 4 to 6 event will not be considered until the council receives a full event management plan and consultation documentation from organisers.
That hasn't stopped the not-for-profit event's organisers creating a website, Facebook page and press releases.
Kyogle Country Inn and Kyogle Motel owner Michael Donnolly has been fielding calls from excited tourists hunting down accommodation, despite the possibility the event may not go ahead.
"My point of concern is I'm getting flooded with calls," he said.
"We've got 20 rooms almost totally booked out and people keep ringing up expressing no concern that it might not actually happen.
"This is a major event with lots of people coming into town, so businesses and the town need to be better prepared."
Mr Donnolley said organisers need to make sure the majority of Kyogle residents support the event and are prepared for a large influx of visitors.
Lions TT chief executive Mark Luxford was confident the Lions Tourist Trophy will be fully approved, despite a hurdle or two.
"We've had a couple of letters from Kyogle residents about their concerns," he said.
"As far as I'm concerned, the event's happening unless there's a massive objection, which I can't see happening.
"All the businesses want it and I've never seen this type of reaction from grassroots motorcyclists keen to see something happen."
Mr Luxford said he would work closely with the council and residents to address any concerns.
Kyogle Shire Council executive manager urban and assets Graham Kennett confirmed the in principle support.
Southern Queensland's Scenic Rim Regional Council, which oversees the event's marshalling point of Rathdowney, had also given in-principle support, according to Mr Kennett.
The proposed Tourist Trophy route is a 41.8km trip from Rathdowney to Ripples on the Creek, Gladys Creek (near Kyogle).
If it goes ahead, the event will include a timed sprint event, motorcycle fair and entertainment, with its headquarters based in the heart of Kyogle.