5 July 2023

Wagga Wagga to host prestigious junior touch carnival for three more years

| Jarryd Rowley
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Wagga Wagga Mayor Dallas Tout, Wagga Wagga Touch Association life member and NSWTA vice-president Chris Dolahenty and NSWTA general manager Dean Russell launch the 2023 NSWTA Junior State Cup Southern Conference Carnival. Photo: Chris Roe.

Wagga Wagga has been named the host of the New South Wales Touch Association’s Junior State Cup Southern Conference Carnival for the next three years, extending the city’s holding of the event until 2026.

The NSWTA announced Wagga as the host of its prestigious junior carnival last week. Wagga fended off several other cities to claim the honour.

The NSWTA noted the city’s sporting facilities as one of the primary reasons why Wagga Wagga received the nod over other high-quality candidates.

The carnival will continue to be held at the Jubilee Park precinct.

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Wagga Wagga Mayor Dallas Tout was excited to announce that the city has secured the carnival for three more years.

“Wagga Wagga has hosted this event for the past five years and it has been hugely successful for both the NSW Touch Association and our local community,” Councillor Tout said.

“It’s a great reflection on our city’s ability to host these types of top-level events and carnivals and on the quality of our sporting facilities. The venue has received great feedback on the quality of the playing surface and the layout of the venue.

“We look forward to welcoming all the players, families, supporters, organisers and volunteers back to the Jubilee Park precinct.”

Wagga Wagga has hosted the event since 2019 and has built a close working relationship with the NSWTA.

Cr Tout said council staff had worked with the NSWTA and Wagga Touch continuously to ensure that the city held on to the event.

“Council has also partnered with Charles Sturt University to address accommodation requirements in the city across that weekend,” Cr Tout said.

“It will open its doors next February and provide additional beds for visitors.”

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NSW Touch Association general manager Dean Russell said he was pleased to announce that the carnival would be returning to Wagga.

“The association received some excellent submissions for the tender to run the carnival for the next three years,” Mr Russell said.

“The work and interaction between council and Wagga Wagga Vipers Touch Association have been one of the key factors in our decision.

“With the level of support provided by the community, Wagga Wagga has proved to be an excellent venue for one of the state’s most prestigious junior events.”

The Southern Conference carnivals will be held at Jubilee Park from Friday to Sunday, 16-18 February, 2024; Friday to Sunday, 14-16 February, 2025; and Friday to Sunday, 13-15 February, 2026.

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