Not long now until the Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games (AP&ES) hits town.
And one group of people happy about this are local business people. We are expecting around 3000 participants plus friends and family – and they will be staying locally, eating and drinking locally, and taking in the local sights.
When they pack up and go home they will tell their friends about how great Mandurah is and our tourism numbers will go up.
“This is one reason why the City of Mandurah is so proactive about attracting new events and developing our own,” said Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams.
“We want to support local business because it means local jobs for our young people,” the Mayor said.
One business that will be benefiting from APES Games is Cape Bouvard Brewing Company. They won the rights to the licenced bar area at the participant social hub. They will be the local company who will be satisfying the thirsts of participants.
“We have even brewed a special beer for the event,” said Cape Bouvard Brewing Company Chief Beer Officer Peter McAppion.
“Bringing these events to Mandurah is great for local business and we will be hiring 20 local young people to work the event,” he said.
Another business that has scored some of the APES business is local audio visual gurus PSI Audio. They were the team that installed the countdown clock on the Eastern Foreshore. They put up the truss and provided the protection for the clock itself.
“Events are a big part of our business and we have worked on a number of Mandurah events including the Christmas Pageant, New Year’s Eve, and the Children’s Festival,” said Ryan Miller from PSI Audio.
The countdown clock is a good example of how local business is working with the City of Mandurah through the games. Not only was the truss done by a local, the photos on the arch were taken by a local and the corflute surrounds were printed by a local.
The APES Games run from October 28 to November 3, 2018.