City welcomes 10,000 visitors for NSW Touch event

The second edition of NSW Touch Association’s Junior State Cup Southern Conference start in Wagga Wagga tomorrow (Friday 20 February) with almost 10,000 players and spectators in the city for the major event.

The carnival at Jubilee Park means there will be increased traffic and changes to normal conditions in the area and motorists are advised to allow extra time if travelling south of the city during this weekend.

Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga Councillor Greg Conkey OAM said traffic management was in place around the precinct and he expected there would be no issues as it was well planned in advance.

“We know what to expect after last year’s inaugural carnival and we’ve made improvements in many areas,” Cr Conkey said.

“I expect the plans we have in place for traffic management will work well in the area for those attending the event … there may be some inconvenience but we thank the community for their patience and understanding.

“This is a major event for the city – we will host it again next year – which attracts many thousands of visitors to our city and that is fantastic for local businesses and the economy.”

NSW Touch Association General Manager Dean Russell commended Wagga City Council staff who have ensured the facility and grounds is fully prepared for an elite State sporting event.

“The grounds look superb … this is a fantastic facility and venue for the event,” Mr Russell said.

“Full credit to all involved.”

Games started at 9am Friday and progress through to finals on Sunday which will start from 2pm. The prestigious Girls 18’s and Boys 18’s will be played at 3pm and 3.30pm respectively.

The top four teams from each division in each conference will participate in the State Finals on Saturday, 7 March in Penrith.

Wagga Touch Association has strong representation across all age groups.

“I wish participants all the best and hope they enjoy the city’s hospitality during their stay,” Cr Conkey said.

There will be a number of changes to traffic conditions near Jubilee Park during the Junior State Cup Southern Conference this weekend.

Red Hill Road will be closed to eastbound traffic between the Bourke Street and Glenfield Road roundabouts, with detours via Bruce Street. Bourke Street between Bourkelands Drive and Red Hill Road roundabout will also be closed, with detours via Berembee Road, Bourkelands Drive and Holbrook Road

Road closures will be in place from 6am to 7pm each day. Detours will be signposted.

Download a traffic management plan at wagga.nsw.gov.au/roadclosures

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