Su­per­car plan re­fu­elled

Premier to weigh up V8 track ben­e­fit as Cabinet meets

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AS PUBLIC sup­port grows for Toowoomba to get its own V8 Su­per­car track, the State Gov­ern­ment says it will weigh up the ben­e­fits be­fore com­mit­ting fully to the de­vel­op­ment.

Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk will to­day hold a State Cabinet meet­ing at City Hall in Toowoomba, with in­fra­struc­ture ex­pected to top the list of the items to be dis­cussed.

Whether that will in­clude dis­cus­sions on whether to back the $40 mil­lion world-class mo­tor­sports fa­cil­ity near Well­camp air­port re­mains un­clear.

It fol­lows over­whelm­ing public sup­port for the 450-hectare fa­cil­ity on the back of calls from in­dus­try group Toowoomba and Su­rat Basin En­ter­prise last week.

A gov­ern­ment spokesman yes­ter­day told The Chron­i­cle the mo­tor­sport fa­cil­ity, which could cater for 30,000 campers on­site and bring more than 140,000 tourists to the re­gion for ma­jor events, could be con­sid­ered in the fu­ture.

“We are al­ways look­ing to grow events in re­gional Queens­land, and sup­port­ing ma­jor events like the Car­ni­val of Flow­ers,” the spokesman said.

“Our agree­ment with the Su­per­cars cur­rently in­cludes events in Ip­swich, Gold Coast and Townsville. If this stacks up for tax­pay­ers we’ll take a look at it.”

Key as­pects of the project in­clude an FIA Cat­e­gory 2 stan­dard 4.35km race track which would cap­i­talise on an ex­ist­ing mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with V8 Su­per­cars that if the park is built rac­ing will oc­cur in Toowoomba.

In­te­grated Event De­liv­ery Man­age­ment chair­man John Howe said peo­ple were will­ing to travel to re­gional towns to take ad­van­tage of ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture, such as the mo­tor­sport fa­cil­ity.

“They are a ma­jor ben­e­fit to Toowoomba tourism for events, as well as driver and mo­tor­bike train­ing and other uses of the site,” he said.

A pro­posed plan of the fa­cil­ity re­veals a rally cross cir­cuit feed­ing off part of the V8 Su­per­car cir­cuit de­signed by rac­ing le­gends Mark Skaife and Mick Doohan.

Off-road cir­cuits are also mapped out along with other off-road tracks, a kart cir­cuit and a carpark with 2500 spa­ces.

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