The staging of this week’s BMX Australia National Championships in Shepparton is providing many benefits to our city.
Hosting events of this nature builds on Shepparton’s already strong reputation as a destination that does major events well.
Shepparton will also experience significant economic benefit across the week, with Greater Shepparton City Council estimating about $3.8million worth of stimulus.
This estimate includes such factors as stays in hotels, motels and caravan parks, and visitors’ spend in local cafes and shops.
More than 1500 BMX riders and their families are descending on Shepparton this week for the event.
But unfortunately for some participants and those travelling with them, part of the trip will be memorable for all the wrong reasons.
Overnight on Monday, several bikes valued in the thousands of dollars were stolen from sites at the Victoria Park Lake caravan park.
It is both disappointing and sad and will no doubt leave a sour taste in the mouths of the owners of the bikes, two families visiting from Queensland.
Thefts and crime in general are certainly not problems that are unique to Shepparton.
But it is disappointing that this has occurred to visitors who have arrived here for a national event, no doubt keen to enjoy their stay in our city.
We want all visitors to Shepparton to have a great experience while they are here and feel encouraged to return in the future.
Police continue to investigate the bike thefts and we hope that the owners of the bikes are reunited with them sooner rather than later.
We hope everyone here for this showcase of the best BMX riders from across the country enjoys their stay and takes many happy memories with them.