FAM­I­LIES MAKE IT PER­FECT

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - LUCY SMITH lucy. smith@ news. com. au

CROWD num­bers were slightly down but en­thu­si­asm for the Townsville 400 re­mains at full throt­tle.

The ninth Su­per­cars event at Reid Park was at­tended by 142,478 peo­ple over the three days – about 2 per cent down on the 2016 event, which at­tracted 145,411 vis­i­tors.

V8 Su­per­cars chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer James Warburton said the drop was not a con­cern to the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“I think a cou­ple of thou­sand across three days is re­ally quite low and con­sid­er­ing the amount of op­tions around, with the show ( last week­end), and we know peo­ple are still do­ing it tough in the econ­omy,” he said.

“We’re happy. Around that 140,000- plus level is re­ally where we want to be.”

On Fri­day, 41,031 peo­ple at­tended the event, fol­lowed by 53,123 on Satur­day and 47,324 yes­ter­day.

Pre­mier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk vis­ited the Townsville 400 for the fifth time along­side Trans­port Min­is­ter Mark Bai­ley.

“There’s a lot of fam­i­lies here,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“I’ve been speak­ing to a lot of peo­ple from the com­mu­nity, from sport­ing groups, be­ing able to speak to busi­ness as well.

“I think there’s a lot of op­ti­mism in Townsville now and I know Townsville’s been through a tough time in the past.

“It’s great to see ev­ery­one out. This is a sig­na­ture event for Townsville and it’s one that my gov­ern­ment has put money into.

“We’re very pleased to sup­port, and I want to see it con­tinue.”

The Pre­mier said she was not con­cerned about at­ten­dance lev­els.

“You can see the crowds here, you can see the fam­i­lies here,” she said.

“Don’t for­get, this is a mul­ti­mil­lion- dol­lar en­ter­prise in terms of the ad­ver­tis­ing that goes along with V8s.

“Don’t for­get too, you’ve got Townsville be­ing beamed into our liv­ing rooms, not just across Aus­tralia, but right across the world.

“It’s prob­a­bly go­ing to make a lot of peo­ple think ‘ I ei­ther want to go to Townsville for a hol­i­day or what a great place, maybe I should move there’.”

Mayor Jenny Hill said the Townsville 400 had been a suc­cess with per­fect weather.

“It’s been great. It’s been a re­ally good week­end, good weather, with a lot of sup­port from the com­mu­nity and a lot of sup­port from gov­ern­ment,” she said.

“I think the V8 drivers had a great time and it’s gone re­ally well.

“I think con­sid­er­ing what the ( eco­nomic) cli­mate’s like and the con­fi­dence, it’s a good at­ten­dance fig­ure.”

Queens­land Am­bu­lance spokesman Peter Vin­ni­combe said across the week­end five peo­ple were treated for heatre­lated ill­nesses, of which just one was hos­pi­talised.

“It has been hot and a lot of peo­ple don’t drink enough wa­ter,” he said.

“All in all it’s been re­ally good, peo­ple are look­ing af­ter them­selves and be­hav­ing.”

A po­lice spokesman said crowds were well- be­haved with no ma­jor ar­rests or dis­tur­bances.

Pic­ture: EVAN MOR­GAN

HON­OURS SHARED: Satur­day’s race win­ner and yes­ter­day’s run­ner- up Scott McLaugh­lin con­grat­u­lates Jamie Whin­cup for win­ning race two.

Promo girls An­naliese Peever and Hay­ley Tyrell. Pic­ture: EVAN MOR­GAN Jay­den McDon­ald, of Alice River.

Pic­ture: FIONA HARD­ING

Pic­ture: EVAN MOR­GAN

Ford fan Terri- Ann Joiner, from Her­mit Park

Cassie Dart, Chris Guthridge and Michele Ross. Pic­ture: FIONA HARD­ING

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