WITH sights set on the top of the leader board, the Rockhampton Regional Council is hoping to get the city's sporting hub running with the Northern University Games.

Attracting thousands of competitors, support personnel, volunteers and staff, the games last year injected over $100,000 into Toowoomba's economy.

Rockhampton is hoping to get a slice of this sporting tourism, planning to host the 2017 games.

The games involve a range of sports including basketball, touch football, hockey, netball, beach volleyball and baseball.

A report presented in yesterday's full council meeting outlined a daily overage spend of $120 per person during the 2015 games at Toowoomba.

But Rockhampton wouldn't be the only council to benefit from the games, with hosting rights conditional on support from Livingstone Shire Council.

Council would need to allocate $15,000 for direct financial support in the 2016-17 financial year, as well as in kind use of sporting facilities.

Rockhampton Regional Council promotions manager Sarah Reeves admires the stunning, front-seat views for the Rockhampton River Festival. Photo: Austin King / The Morning Bulletin
Rockhampton Regional Council promotions manager Sarah Reeves admires the stunning, front-seat views for the Rockhampton River Festival. Photo: Austin King / The Morning Bulletin Austin King ROK

Rockhampton mayor Margaret Strelow suggested Rockhampton fund the games on a 2:1 ratio with the Coast.

But Ms Reeves said organisers would prefer a 50% split in terms of both funding and activities.

She said accommodation was expected to be split between the councils, with about 70% of people staying in Rockhampton.

Councillor Ellen Smith was concerned hosting the games next year could impact Rockhampton's ability to offer training centres to international teams ahead of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

The games are generally held in July, during university holidays.

Cr Strelow said the city should take every opportunity to boost its sporting profile, including Commonwealth Games sports.

"I think we should be willing to buy sports that are available in that year," she said.

With mountain bikes and the Mount Archer Activation Plan on his mind, Cr Neil Fisher asked if the games involved any extreme sports.

He said council should suggest these sports be included, allowing First Turkey Mountain Bike Track and Gracemere's new skate park to be showcased alongside traditional sporting facilities.

"Let's push the boundaries if we're going to go on it and highlight some of these next generation sports," he said.