At last week’s Council meeting ABBTA Chair Cr. Hazel Wainwright argued for an increase to funding for the Tour Down Under 2018 event via the business associations who organise these events in their respective communities. Aldinga Bay Business and Tourism Association (ABBTA), McLaren Vale Business and Tourism Association (MVBATA) and Willunga Business and Tourism Association (WBATA) obtained an increase in funding of $1500 each, up from $2000. 

The effort followed concerns expressed by ABBTA committee during the past year that the funds were too low for such a large event and this win is a victory for local communities benefitting from having good representation of their concerns in Council Chamber. 

The Tour Down Under brings large numbers of tourists from interstate and overseas, injecting money into local businesses and tourist accommodation. Aldinga Bay, in particular, has it’s magnificent scenic coastline showcased around the world through international television networks.