LAST Wednesday’s meeting to form a committee for the 2014 Mini World Cup was not well attended.
Both Cup founder and organiser Heinrich Haussler and Inverell Chamber of Commerce President Anthony Michael expressed disappointment about the lack of support.
In question is the Cup’s future in Inverell. Over its four year history, it has grown exponentially each year and Mr Haussler said he would like to keep it in Inverell but he needs help to do so.
He defined what would be his ideal outcome for the proposed committee.
“What I would like to have around me are people with some vision; people who will first of all think, how can we keep the event here, how can we grow the event, how can we make it better, and then, what kind of money will it generate for us,” Mr Haussler said.
Mr Michael explained the new committee should absolve Mr Haussler of having to co-ordinate finances for the event, so he can focus on organising the event itself.
Mr Michael said it was critical for more businesses to back the Cup, which is proving to be one of the biggest on the Inverell calendar.
“It brings over 2500 people to town and it’s worth over $2 million to the economy,” Mr Michael said.
He said he will introduce some options to area business in the next few weeks as avenues to draw Cup visitors into shops, cafes and restaurants and tourist attractions.
Mr Michael said he would like to see more financial backing from those businesses that have profited from the event.
Mr Haussler was adamant about offering reciprocal support and publicity to any business that came forward with help.
The next meeting about the Mini World Cup is tentatively scheduled for the last week of February.
Those who would like to support the Cup in any way can leave their details at Payless Shoe Store.
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