PLANS for a multi-district convention that is tipped to inject more than $5 million into the regional economy are well under way.
More than 1500 Lions Club members and their partners are expected to descend on Tamworth from May 2 to 6 when the organisation hosts its annual multi-district convention.
The Country Music Capital’s world-class facilities will be used for the conference and were one of the main reasons the city was able to snag the event, which is traditionally held in a capital city.
Along with his fellow committee members, Tamworth Lions Club chairman Adrian Thurlow has been spending upwards of 120 hours a month organising the logistical feat.
“We have really got most things put to bed,” he said. “We still have to dot the i’s and cross the t’s on a couple of things, but we are fairly well organised.”
As well as the convention, 120 Lions Club district governors will undertake a training camp at the Best Western Sanctuary Inn and Quest Apartments in the week leading up to the event.
About 1000 members from across Australia and as far a field as Papua New Guinea, Norfolk Island and America have already registered for the conference and another 500 to 1000 are expected to sign up before registration closes in six weeks.
While here, members will be treated to the sights of Tamworth, including the Golden Guitar and Oxley Lookout.