Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving Club at Kingscliff has been selected by NSW Surf Life Saving as the host club for the 2011 and 2012 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships (with an option for 2013).

Mayor of Tweed Councillor Warren Polglase welcomed the announcement, which has the financial and in-kind support of the council.

“The Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving is to be congratulated for their efforts in securing this prestigious championship event and taking on this challenge. We at Tweed Shire Council are the back room engine and we are fully supportive of their endeavours,” he said.

“Tweed Shire is fully supportive of sports tourism and surf lifesaving is a healthy, active sport for young people and men and women of all ages.,”

Coastal councils in NSW were invited to submit an expression of interest to host the prestigious event and Tweed was selected over four other local government areas.

The NSW Surf Life Saving Championship is conducted over seven days and attracts more than 12,000 visitors per day, with around 8000 competitors of all ages taking part in one of Australia’s largest surf lifesaving events.

“The event provides a significant economic benefit for the host region and is expected to give an $18 million injection into the local economy each year,” Councillor Polglase said.

“I am sure the people of Kingscliff and the local businesses will get right behind this fantastic event.”

President of the Cudgen Headland Surf Lifesaving Club Gary Cain said that he was confident that the club’s many members and supporters would rise to the challenge of hosting such a large event.

“We’d like to thank Tweed Shire Council for their support so far and we look forward to working with them and the rest of the community to put on the best NSW Championships ever in 2011 and 2012 at Kingscliff Beach,” Mr Cain said.

Tweed Shire Council voted at its 18 August 2009 meeting to provide financial and in-kind support to the event and endorse the allocation of $80,000 towards the first event.

This includes a $60,000 hosting fee and in-kind support with council works, equipment and operational services of $20,000.