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Old 6 Apr 2017, 14:02 (Ref:3724152)   #31
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Is the go-kart track still going in up the top as well?

Does the track really need to be International standards? Surely what Australia needs when it comes to permanent circuits is more Wakefield Parks and Winton's?

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It's like we never learnt the lessons from Oran Park etc - build out of town, not within 5 minutes of the bloody CBD
To be fair, when Oran Park was built, it was in the middle of nowhere
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Old 6 Apr 2017, 14:09 (Ref:3724154)   #32
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And the point of building an FIA & FIM spec track, in the shadow of what will always be known as the "proper Bathurst track" is...?
Superbikes?
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Old 6 Apr 2017, 20:16 (Ref:3724225)   #33
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Superbikes?
International or national level? Neither have a following worth building a track for unfortunately. Even if they were building a new track in an effort to get something as big and wonderful as F1, just ask India, South Korea etc how that goes. New tracks built in the current economic climate should have Supercars and grass roots motorsports (which national SBK would fall under anyway) in mind when designed, nothing more.
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Old 6 Apr 2017, 23:58 (Ref:3724245)   #34
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And there is the answer.

Why isn't that being looked into? Makes perfect sense. And could be the start of a regional technology hub, around motorsport activities.

The possibilities exist, if you think beyond the square
I like it!
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Old 7 Apr 2017, 10:49 (Ref:3724305)   #35
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I like it!
If you look back at #17 you will see an explanation about the proposed Velocity Park - a major cornerstone of the whole project for the benefit of the city for years to come.

The track is permanent even though it is public roads- it would be the best kept bit of roadway in the state and will always be that way as the BRC understands the importance of the major financial contribution to the area through tourism etc that the whole place brings.
Many other rural councils would love to have such a facility that helps the area allyear long not only at certain periods. Name another rural city in Australia that is recognised around the world and benefits from the massive tourism $ that a local facility generates.
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Old 7 Apr 2017, 20:55 (Ref:3724444)   #36
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Many other rural councils would love to have such a facility that helps the area allyear long not only at certain periods. Name another rural city in Australia that is recognised around the world and benefits from the massive tourism $ that a local facility generates.
So why not spread the love to another regional town instead?

Yes, Bathurst benefits from having the track there and yes it would likely benefit even more so if the proposed venture went forward.

But what about towns with nothing, no Velocity Park, no track even? Doesn't really make sense to build another track at Bathurst to "help the local area" when some regions have no track at all.

Spread it round I say, give more people a practical way to get into motorsport and/or get out to see the Supercars. Not to mention the other benefits a track would bring to a regional town.
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Old 8 Apr 2017, 05:58 (Ref:3724517)   #37
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So why not spread the love to another regional town instead?

Yes, Bathurst benefits from having the track there and yes it would likely benefit even more so if the proposed venture went forward.

But what about towns with nothing, no Velocity Park, no track even? Doesn't really make sense to build another track at Bathurst to "help the local area" when some regions have no track at all.

Spread it round I say, give more people a practical way to get into motorsport and/or get out to see the Supercars. Not to mention the other benefits a track would bring to a regional town.
It would be nice to see more tracks in rural areas however the funding has to come from somewhere and in this case BRC is stumping up a lot of $ with the State Govt kicking the can as well.
The council has always seen the benefit of the iconic Mt Panorama track as a tourist attraction as well as a generator of much needed $ in the local economy and another motorsport development will also generate money and increase the tourism factor.

It all depends upon the wishes of the local community and the Council in any development that will bring tourists and help the coffers of the local businesses wherever that may be. It is like the Blue Mountains City Council deciding to develop another tourist/business attraction to add to their long list of attractions.
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Old 8 Apr 2017, 12:25 (Ref:3724616)   #38
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I find so many responses on here so funny. First of all someone is willing to build another motorsport facility in Australia. Stop whinging and embrace it.

Secondly to all those saying build it elsewhere, why would the Bathurst council look at doing that? There is nothing stopping others from doing the same but they aren't.

And yes the kart track will go ahead if the "local" folk stop playing silly games.
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Old 8 Apr 2017, 12:36 (Ref:3724618)   #39
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From the posts made here.
Bathurst residents in favour.
Everyone else thinks it is ridiculous.
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Old 8 Apr 2017, 12:45 (Ref:3724624)   #40
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I'm not a Bathurst resident
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Old 8 Apr 2017, 12:51 (Ref:3724626)   #41
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From the posts made here.
Bathurst residents in favour.
Everyone else thinks it is ridiculous.
......and as far as the local council is concerned if it is ok by the local residents/ business operators and boosts further tourism with resultant exposure and $ spend then it is good governance - in this day and age a rare thing.
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Old 8 Apr 2017, 22:31 (Ref:3724798)   #42
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Secondly to all those saying build it elsewhere, why would the Bathurst council look at doing that? There is nothing stopping others from doing the same but they aren't.
Sorry didn't realize Bathurst council were fully funding the project themselves without any NSW state government (taxpayer) money.
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Old 9 Apr 2017, 00:52 (Ref:3724847)   #43
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Sorry didn't realize Bathurst council were fully funding the project themselves without any NSW state government (taxpayer) money.
Obviously the BRC isn't going to be paying for all of it themselves. They are however putting up the cash to get it to that point. Who else is trying to build a circuit at the moment?

The one in the Shoalhaven has been scrapped I've heard and the Casa Park proposed circuit doesn't seem to have the financial backing of someone like the Bathurst Regional Council to get it to the next stage.

As fans of the sport we should be backing anyone willing to build something that anyone can use as opposed to another Street circuit.

If people think it won't be utilised you are kidding. There are so many Sydney people who travel to Wakefield Park for trackdays etc.

There has been so many complain or criticised the proposal without even reading the stories. Like the comments about buying all the properties on the existing circuit. The residents on the Mount are only part of the problem with noise or access.
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Old 9 Apr 2017, 08:14 (Ref:3724939)   #44
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If a motor sport industry park based around a circuit in a regional centre is a viable entity why hasn't anything like this ever been tried at Winton?
If it takes ratepayers/taxpayers money to prop it up then it isn't viable.
The amount of overflow in track day business from Eastern Creek/Wakefield Park is hardly sufficient to be a justification for a $50mill spend.
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WP are doing their best to drive away customers with self-imposed draconian noise limits.
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