Upper Murray Challenge won’t be going ahead

Recently “The Times” reported on the allocation of $30,000 in small grants to community organisations and events.

The Upper Murray Challenge, an extreme sports event that involves swimming, cycling and running, received $1000 towards the running of the event.

On previous occasions the Challenge also have received some council “in kind” support with traffic control.

Now just weeks out from the planned running of the Challenge the Corryong Neighbourhood Centre has withdrawn from organising and the challenge has been cancelled.

A spokesperson for the neighbourhood centre has advised that the centre was very busy with other community activities including agencies for VicRoads and Centrelink and just did not have the time or resources to manage what was a huge task.

“The Challenge requires the participation of over 80 volunteers and two shire councils, multiple permit applications in two states, widespread advertising and promotion,” the

spokesperson said.

“It also requires sponsors, track planning and maintenance.”

The spokesperson also attributed some of the problems to the forced amalgamation of the Tumbarumba Shire.

“Tumbarumba Shire has recently amalgamated and is in some turmoil as a result,” the spokesperson said.

“They have agreed to provide some financial assistance but have not been able to commit to their crucial in kind support.”

The event was seen as a great opportunity for athletes preparing for triathlons, pentathlons and similar extreme events.

The decision has also been impacted by the timing of the finals calendar for the AFL and also by the high water levels which are expected in the Upper Murray in the coming weeks.

The Challenge had been originally organised by a former Corryong policeman who was involved in extreme sports and in past years it had attracted a great many visitors to Corryong and Khancoban at what was otherwise a quiet time of the year.