KIAMA may host the Australian Junior Surf Life Saving titles this November/December, after council had preliminary meetings with organisers.
At the December 18 council meeting, Kiama Tourism manager Sally Bursell said she had met with Surfing NSW officials about holding the titles in Kiama. The event attracts more than 180 competitors from throughout Australia, as well as many coaches, managers and judges.
Numerous supporters and spectators would also attend the popular event.
Bursell said Gerroa's Sally Fitzgibbons, who is currently ranked second in the world on the women's WCT, came through the system as a winner of this event.
The event also boasts movie nights and bands to entertain the community.
Event organisers are seeking $10,000 sponsorship for the event, and it is proposed that Kiama Tourism provide $4000 and the council $6000 from its 2013-14 budget.
The council would also provide waste, lifeguard services and accommodation for officials at other bodyboarding and surfing events that regularly take place in Kiama.
"This means a great deal to Kiama, as it brings families to the town who wouldn't normally come here and often leads to return visits later once people realise how beautiful Kiama is," Bursell said.
"The fact that it's outside school holidays also means extra tourist dollars, which helps boost the local economy."