Paul Carey (foreground), Peter Wright and Michael Bray were flat chat last week with polocrosse campers stocking up on meat.
Paul Carey (foreground), Peter Wright and Michael Bray were flat chat last week with polocrosse campers stocking up on meat. Georja Ryan

City cops cash boost

THEY came, they played, they left - but not without leaving behind wads of cash in all sorts of places.

With the Barastoc Polocrosse Nationals over for another two years, Warwick can give itself a pat on the back for providing quality products and services to our other Australian friends.

One business which found staff running around like headless chickens was Carey Bros Butchery.

"We had a fantastic week here with some very good sales," Paul Carey said.

"Our customer count was well and truly up and the money that was injected into the town is unmeasurable."

He said polocrosse campers were flocking in in their droves, with many coming back a second and third time.

Carey Bros also supplied their products to Morgan Park for their on-ground canteen.

But it wasn't just the food outlets that experienced a boost in business over the past couple of weeks.

Warwick Tourism and Events chief executive officer Tracy Vellacott said the fortnight-long event worked wonders for Warwick's economy.

"All round it's a fantastic economic injection into the region," Mrs Vellacott said.

"I even saw, I think it was the Western Australian U24 women's team, lined up at one of the local hairdressers.

"The money just rolls in in the most bizarre ways sometimes," she said.

Mrs Vellacott said all Warwick businesses benefited from the influx of people in town including fuel stations, laundromat services and other food outlets.

"We're not sure what it is, but we know it was a significant dollar figure (injected into local businesses)," Mrs Vellacott said.

President of the Warwick Polocrosse Club and chairman of the Nationals Committee Les Fraser said he was stoked with the event from all angles.

"It was excellent. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves," Mr Fraser said.

He said it was the biggest nationals competition he had seen.

"The polocrosse was great, the crowd was great,"



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