Queensland Garden Expo set to be a real winner
TOURISM, Events and Sport Portfolio Councillor Jason OPray said the annual awards recognised excellence, outstanding initiatives and innovation.
"The PLA Events Award is designed to recognise the combined effort required to successfully plan, organise and manage effective events.
"A conservative estimate of the 2015 Queensland Garden Expo's economic benefit for the Sunshine Coast region is $4m. This is an outstanding outcome for an event hosted in a regional hinterland town."
"Queensland Garden Expo has a strong focus on promoting gardening as a healthy, active, outdoor pastime and the positive impacts that gardeners of all ages and abilities can make to the environment around them," she said.
"The Living Backyard feature staged by council is a highlight for many of our visitors from across Australia.
Division 10 Councillor Greg Rogerson said the Queensland Garden Expo was recognised as Queensland's premier gardening event, attracting thousands of people from all over Australia and New Zealand.
"Typically events of this scale are held in a city or large centre however this three-day expo is hosted in Nambour, a town with a population of less than 15,000.
"The Expo incorporates a diverse program of lectures and demonstrations on eight live stages along with leading nurseries displaying over 40,000 plants for sale each day.
Regional awards winners will all now progress to the national awards to be announced at the Parks and Leisure Australia Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner in Adelaide on October 25.
The packed schedule of lifestyle and sporting events will generate about $100m in economic activity and will attract more than 150,000 guests from 40 different countries to the region.