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Open to drive Dubbo in 2020

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WESTERN WONDER: The NSW Women's Open is bound for Dubbo in 2020. picture L to R Deputy Premier John Barilaro, Golf LCub Member Kerrie Osborne, Club President Nial MC Nicol, Nationals candidate for Dubbo, Dugald Saunders, and outgoing member, Troy Grant.

The Women’s NSW Open is set to be a driver of Western NSW sporting tourism after Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, John Barilaro announced Dubbo Golf Club will host the Championship in 2020.

In a first for the sport, many of the world’s best female golfers are set to get a taste of the outback when the Women’s Open is hosted in the City of Dubbo. Never before has a major tournament, male or female, been held in western New South Wales.

Mr Barilaro said the Women’s NSW Open is the perfect event to showcase the best of Dubbo and regional NSW to the world.

Dubbo Golf Club
POPULAR: Dubbo Golf Club members surround Deputy Premier John Barilaro, who is holding the NSW Women's Open Trophy.

“Major sporting events such as this play a huge role in boosting tourism in regional towns and the people of Dubbo will do an excellent job hosting players, officials and supporters from around the country and the world in 2020,” Mr Barilaro said.

“This is a truly international event, with this year’s inaugural Open in Coffs Harbour attracting 137 players from 32 different countries.

“I have no doubt when the event comes to Dubbo it will attract the same calibre of international players and a host of visitors from around the state, country and globe,” he said.

Mr Barilaro highlighted how important it is to bring visitors to regional NSW, especially during times of drought.

“It’s vitally important to get out into regional NSW. I used the last sitting day to promote the hashtag get out for drought (#Getoutfordrought ) to remind people that regional NSW is still open.

“Our coffee shops are still brewing coffee, we’ve got hotels waiting to host you, importantly some of the great adventures to be had in regional NSW.

“One of the best ways to do this is through regional festivals and sporting events like the Women’s NSW Open.

“If you look at this year in Coffs Harbour it was beamed to over 32 countries. It’s a good way to showcase a region, and when they come once, you hope they will keep coming back,” Mr Barilaro added.

Troy Grant and John Barilaro
FORM: Member for Dubbo, Troy Grant, and Deputy Premier John Barilaro set to tee off at Dubbo Golf Club.

Over the five-year agreement with Golf NSW, this event is expected to attract more than 16,000 domestic and international visitors to regional NSW, injecting approximately $8 million into the NSW visitor economy.

The event was secured by the NSW Government in an agreement with Golf NSW that will ensure the event remains in regional NSW until at least 2022.

The week-long tournament will provide the players, their families and supporters with the perfect opportunity to experience the best of Dubbo, from delicious food and wine, to fascinating museums and galleries and the award-winning Taronga Western Plains Zoo.

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said the event would be an important economic driver for local businesses.

“What a massive day for Dubbo and Western NSW.

“This a massive boost for our local economy, visitation and exposure around the place, it its a wonderful opportunity to promote our region and an economic boon for the community.

“I’m grateful to Dubbo Golf Club and Golf NSW for making this event come to our region,” Mr Grant said.

The announcement comes just days after the NSW Government announced its first ever regional tourism target, which aims to double the current spend of tourism dollars in regional towns and cities.

Tourism and Major Events Minister Adam Marshall said the government has a new ambitious target of $20 billion in visitor expenditure in regional and rural NSW by 2025, rising to $25 billion by 2030.

“The tourism sector in NSW has never been stronger, but it’s vital that every corner of the State reaps the benefits of our record tourism boom,” Mr Marshall said.

“Hosting more major events in regional areas is key to driving visitation west of the divide and putting local communities in the spotlight.

“What’s more, with the effects of drought putting pressure on our rural and regional economies and small business owners, there’s never been a better time to spruik and support visitation in our regions.”

CEO of Golf NSW Stuart Fraser thanked the NSW Government and Destination NSW for helping to deliver the 2020 Women’s NSW Open to regional NSW.

“The support the NSW Government is giving to women’s sport, and regional courses like Dubbo Golf Club, is invaluable,” Mr Fraser said.

“Players from over 30 countries will enjoy competing on one of New South Wales’ and Australia’s finest inland golf courses, and also experience what, for many, will be their first taste of the Australian outback.

“We truly appreciate the drive of the Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Troy Grant, to have a tournament of international standing delivered to the people of regional NSW,” Mr Fraser added. 

The President of Dubbo Golf Club Nial McNicol echoed Mr Fraser’s comments.

“This tournament will showcase our great town and our great golf course,” Mr McNicol said.

“The membership of the club is very excited by the news, and we will be working hard to ensure Dubbo is a worthy host and the Championship is a memorable one,” he added.  

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