Rosehill blooms again

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Return of trailer boat show to Rosehill Racecourse is a hit with dealers.

The return of the Sydney Trailer Boat Show to its previous home at Rosehill Racecourse last weekend met with approval from dealers and exhibitors who reported some good sales and committed buyers.

A total of 37 exhibitors took part in the show taking up about 8,000 m2 of the refurbished exhibition space. There was a good range of trailer boat brands on show, encompassing everything from small tinnies and inflatables up to larger fibre-glass fishing boats and ski boats.

Approximately 4,535 visitors attended the two-day show (2,036 on the Saturday and 2,499 on the Sunday), according to head counts carried out at the main entrance. Due to the layout of the venue, smaller numbers of people entered via other locations and were not counted.

“Whilst the event is small compared to the Sydney International Boat Show, the importance to dealers should not be underestimated,” said Ian Tricker of TR Marine. “Sales at the show and immediately after give us the bounce we need into the winter months.

“The show was a great success for us and we urge the BIA to ensure it remains on the calendar in future years.”

The trailer boat show is the oldest in NSW having started in the early 60s alongside the Silverwater Speedboat Club and accompanying races on Parramatta River. It has had a number of homes over the years including Parramatta Park, Rosehill Gardens and, most recently, Sydney Showgrounds.

After a pause in 2017, industry members indicated an interest in having the show return. The revamped Rosehill facility with free parking onsite provided a welcoming and warm atmosphere for the exhibitors and visitors.

Discussions are already underway to seek dates within the Easter and racing carnival that will suit a future staging of the show.

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