Townsville to host 66th Lions National Convention this week

Date published: 2 May 2018

Townsville will be hosting up to 2,000 Lions Club members as the 66th Lions National Convention kicks off at the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre this week.

The event is expected to provide a major boost to the economy with participants travelling to Townsville from all over Australia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Indonesia, and New Caledonia.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said holding events like this is a great way to draw in visitors and build tourism in the city.

“The Lions Club is a renowned organisation that carries out important works worldwide and to have the 66th Lions National Convention in Townsville is great for the city,” Cr Hill said.

“These events provide a major economic boost, with thousands of visitors eating out at restaurants, staying in hotels, spending in our shops and checking out the amazing attractions Townsville and the region has to offer.

“We are happy to support the Lions Club in bringing the convention to the city.

“Townsville is demonstrating that we are the place to visit in North Queensland with a huge number of successful, large events coming to the region over the year.”

The convention is running from 3 May until 7 May with a number of opportunities for Townsville residents to get involved and find out about the Lions Club and what they do.

Townsville City Council is a proud supporter of the event which includes a welcome reception for 120 delegates, a four day convention, a gala dinner and a community tree planting event.

“Holding a tree planting event as part of the convention is a great initiative and one that Council was happy to support,” Cr Hill said.

“1,000 trees will be planted along the bank of Goondaloo Creek with a sausage sizzle for participants.

“I’d love to see the community getting on board and involved with the Lions Club and the humanitarian work they do locally, nationally and internationally.”