Paul Toole | Racegoers flock to region and give a boost to economy

ON TRACK: Member for Bathurst Paul Toole says the Bathurst 1000 injects about $25 million into the Central West and about $55 million into the state.
ON TRACK: Member for Bathurst Paul Toole says the Bathurst 1000 injects about $25 million into the Central West and about $55 million into the state.

MOUNT Panorama is home to some of motorsport’s finest racing, and none bigger than the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Bathurst and its surrounding towns swell as around 200,000 race enthusiasts converge on the track.

This brings an injection of more than $21 million to the Bathurst economy, $25 million to the Central West and $55 million to NSW.

Even if racing isn’t your thing, local trades, services, suppliers and retailers have their biggest week of the year, with the economic impacts at an all-time high.

This year is especially meaningful as we celebrate 80 years since the opening of our beloved circuit, and 50 years since Holden had their very first victory.

There will also be a spectacular display of Ford Falcons as we bid them farewell, making way for the Mustangs in the next series.

More camping and facilities have been added to the event infrastructure for the 58th Bathurst 1000, bringing even more race-lovers to town.

The ability for Mount Panorama to increase its capacity as one of the world’s greatest motor racing circuits provides huge economic benefits to all sectors of our community.

Events like this, and the growing Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, are seeing Bathurst emerge as one of the top destinations for motorsport in Australia.

The growth of the Mount Panorama precinct makes good business sense too, which is why the NSW Government is investing $15 million into the development of a second circuit at Mount Panorama.

There will also be a spectacular display of Ford Falcons.

The $52 million project will be funded through a mix of state, federal and local government funding, creating more than 200 jobs during construction and another 250 ongoing jobs.

This is great news for Bathurst and the Central West.

To all those attending this weekend’s myriad events, have a great time, stay safe (particularly on the roads) and make sure you enjoy all that Bathurst has to offer.

DAYLIGHT SAVING

WE all need to wind our clocks forward on Saturday before we go to bed as daylight saving will come into effect early Sunday morning.

Technology takes care of most daylight saving adjustments these days, but for those who have analogue devices, wind-up clocks and watches, wind forward your dials before bedtime on Saturday.