Major Mount Panorama upgrade now complete

Media Release

FN024/2016

24 March 2016

Joint release with:

Gary Rush

Mayor of Bathurst Regional Council

John Cobb

Federal Member for Calare

Australia's premier racing circuit will now be even better following the completion of a $6.2 million upgrade.

Speaking after opening the new and improved Mount Panorama in Bathurst, Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash and Federal Member for Calare John Cobb said the Australian Government had invested $3 million into the upgrade.

“I love fast cars, I love motorsport and I love Mount Panorama,” Minister Nash said.

“I used to drive around this race track for fun when I was at University here in Bathurst, but at a slightly slower speed than the cars do during the Bathurst 1000.

“I'm so happy to be able to announce the completion of the upgrade to Mount Panorama. This project will bring more people to the track and that's good news for businesses in Bathurst.

“Mount Panorama has been the lynchpin for motorsport in Australia since it hosted around 20,000 spectators at its first event 78 years ago, at Easter in 1938. The Bathurst 1000 now attracts over 200,000 spectators, injecting $21 million into the local economy each year.

“As well as its three major annual events—the Bathurst 1000, Bathurst 12 Hour and the Bathurst Motor Festival—Mount Panorama is also home to cycling events, conferences and private events.”

Mr Cobb said that Mount Panorama was an Australian icon and a leading tourist attraction famous for staging Australia's most competitive and spectacular motorsport events.

“This upgrade provided a new asphalt overlay of the track surface to meet Australian racing industry standards and replaced the safety wall and sand trap in Pit Straight,” Mr Cobb said.

“A passenger lift was installed on the Harris Park pedestrian bridge to provide disabled access to both sides of the circuit from outside of the track, while additional works were carried out in the Paddock Area with gravel laid, the campground area roads sealed and lighting installed.”

Mayor of Bathurst Regional Council Gary Rush said Council was pleased to partner with the Australian Government to deliver this important project.

“These upgrades will ensure that Mount Panorama continues to be regarded as ‘home’ to nationally and internationally acclaimed motor racing events that in turn will continue to build local tourism and the local economy,” Cr Rush said.

“We are pleased that all works have been completed in time to host this weekend's Bathurst Motor Festival so that competitors and enthusiasts will be able to experience the upgrades first hand.”

Sunday's action, including the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour enduro, will be streamed live via www.bathurstmotorfestival.com.au on Easter Sunday, with highlights to air on SBS Speedweek following the race on Sunday, April 10.

The Mount Panorama Infrastructure Upgrade project was jointly funded with the Australian Government investing $2.97 million and Bathurst Regional Council providing $3.29 million.