Tathra Enduro boon for local business

Participants take part in the 2013 Tathra MTB Enduro.
Participants take part in the 2013 Tathra MTB Enduro.

TATHRA business is booming in the lead-up to this weekend’s MTB Enduro. 

“It’s a fantastic thing for Tathra,” Tathra Chamber of Commerce member Rob White said.

“There are lots of people coming to town already for a week’s holiday.”

Mr White also said he expected the tourism industry to remain quite busy over Easter.

“Tathra tourism is pretty strong at the moment.

“We will probably have the best April that we have had in years.”

Tathra Chamber of Commerce committee member Jane Corben from Tathra Beach and Bike said business had become very busy.

“Business is definitely up,” Ms Corben said.

“The mountain bike race has brought people into town.

 “People are here to ride early.”

She was positive there would be a busy season over Easter because of tourism.

“Tathra is definitely more on the map these days.

 “We haven’t seen any negative effects of the recent tragedy.

“The community support last week was definitely amazing - there is a strong community around here.”

Andrew Johnson is a member of the Tathra Mountain Bike Club and volunteers his time to help maintain the network of singletrack used for the Enduro.

“We are really looking forward to it,” Mr Johnson said.

“It’s a good community event.

“Everything is perfect, we are right to go.”

In 2013 there were around 400 people who participated in the races, and over 200 have registered for this weekend’s event so far.

While most of the non-local participants of the Enduro come from Victoria and Canberra, there are also attendees from Sydney, the Central Coast and even Queensland. 

The Enduro is entirely run by volunteers, and there are about 70 to 100 of them who are involved in roles such as administration, providing first aid along with members of the fire brigade who are there on standby.

The funds raised from the 2014 event will go to the solar farm in Tathra, as well as the fire brigades, surf club and local preschools.

Online race entries closed on Thursday, however the social have-a-go and children’s rides will remain open until the day and “anyone can join in,” according to Mr Johnson.


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