Tech Challenge may move from city to showgrounds
A NEW proposal could see the Technology Challenge call the Maryborough Showgrounds home.
The event, which draws thousands of school students and spectators to the Maryborough central business district every September, may be moved from the central business district as early as this year.
The idea is under discussion by Fraser Coast Opportunities and the Fraser Coast Regional Council.
FCRC councillor Darren Everard said holding the Technology Challenge in the CBD was costly but it was early days and no final decision had been made.
More than 2000 students take part every year, bringing their families and teachers from all over the state to compete.
He said some members of the business community weren't happy with the interruptions caused by the challenge and the current site was at capacity, with no room left to expand.
"It's at the stage where we can't fit any more teams into the event," Cr Everard said.
"Ideally if we could take it out to the showgrounds, the cost incurred wouldn't be as much."
The Maryborough City Motel in Ferry St neighbours the Technology Challenge track, and manager Russell Brown said he would be disappointed if the event moved.
"I reckon it's a great event, it's unique," he said.
"The kids love it, the parents enjoy it and it brings people to town."
Kent St's Maryborough Bowls Club is another nearby business and chairman Ray Breust said the club fully supported the Technology Challenge.
"We feel it's part of our community - if it did go elsewhere, we certainly wouldn't be supporting it," he said.
Jenny Elliott, president of Maryborough State High School and long time Technology Challenge volunteer said she was very sad to learn the event may move.
Mrs Elliott said cost-cutting was understandable but she'd miss the picturesque street circuit.
- Started in 2002, students can design, make and race their own human powered vehicles
- Smilie pushcarts, C02 dragsters, robotics, solar boats and cars and other technology is displayed
- The signature event is the highly competitive 24 hour human powered endurance race for high school students