Councillor hopeful Ulysses members will return for holidays
THE final tally was 3326 - that's how many Ulysses members attended the AGM at the Maryborough showgrounds last week.
Councillor for sport, recreation, open spaces and events Darren Everard said Ulysses members from all over Australia were overwhelmed by the hospitality shown across the community.
"It's already been described as one of the best and the entire region is reaping the benefits," he said.
"They may have been based in Maryborough, but every day thousands of members were taking their bikes and exploring the region from Burrum Heads to the Hinterland and everywhere in between.
"The event brought in millions of dollars to the local economy and, perhaps even more importantly, opened the beautiful Fraser Coast to a whole new potential tourism and investment market.
"Many members commented how much they enjoyed their visit to the area, how beautiful our region is an of course how friendly and welcoming our residents were.
"I expect many to return for holidays in the future or even make a permanent move to the region.
"I'd like to thank everyone who helped make the 2013 Ulysses AGM such a success - from the organisers to the Ulysses members themselves, the local businesses and their staff, including those that decorated their shop fronts for the week, the countless volunteers and council staff who helped organise the specialty events and of course the Fraser Coast residents who offered a friendly hello in the streets."