APES Games a boon for Mandurah’s tourism

Deputy Commissioner (Special Services) WA Police and advisory board chairman Stephen Brown discusses the report with Mayor Rhys Williams.
Deputy Commissioner (Special Services) WA Police and advisory board chairman Stephen Brown discusses the report with Mayor Rhys Williams.

THE 2018 Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games held in Mandurah boasted a host of glowing statistics, according to a report released by WA Police in Mandurah on Friday.

The economic impact to WA was $6.1 million.

From six countries, 3341 participants competed in 2000 events in 50 sports at 28 venues over seven days.

The Games involved 252 volunteers and 72 sports coordinators.

Almost 5500 visitors included 2969 intrastate, 2072 interstate and 449 international with more than 30,000 visitor nights spent in the region.

Around 5000 people attended the opening ceremony on the eastern foreshore.

According to feedback, visitors were highly satisfied with their WA and Peel region experience with a 95 per cent total satisfaction rating.

Deputy Commissioner (Special Services) WA Police and advisory board chairman Stephen Brown said the Games were a well-organised event and the camaraderie between competitors were key drivers of a positive experience.

The Games raised more than $27,000 for the chosen charity partner beyondblue.

Mayor Rhys Williams said the games was one of the most significant events ever held in Mandurah and the release of the report demonstrated thousands of people visited Mandurah for the first time.

“We demonstrated our ability to host a national significant event which we hope to do more often,’’ he said.