Mo­tor­plex fa­cil­ity cost­ing un­der wraps

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Toby Hussey

Ratepay­ers may have to wait un­til March to find out how much the City of Al­bany will spend buy­ing the Great South­ern Mo­tor­plex site.

In re­ject­ing a re­quest to re­veal the land’s price tag — which one for­mer coun­cil­lor said could be as much as $1 mil­lion — the City’s free­dom of in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer said re­veal­ing the fig­ure could “jeop­ar­dise the pur­chase”.

“The pro­posed Al­bany Mo­tor Sports Park is a long-awaited fa­cil­ity sup­ported by a large num­ber of res­i­dents,” she said.

“It would be very dis­ap­point­ing to the com­mu­nity and stake­hold­ers should the ne­go­ti­a­tions fail or be im­peded due to the pre­ma­ture re­lease of de­tails re­gard­ing the fund­ing agree­ment and pur­chase price.”

The doc­u­ment said the land pur­chase was an­tic­i­pated to be com­pleted “no later than March, 2019”.

The City of Al­bany coun­cil voted unan­i­mously to as­sist the Great South­ern Mo­tor­plex Group’s pur­chase of the lot for the venue in Oc­to­ber.

Once fin­ished, the GSMG plans to de­velop a 3.2km track, quar­ter­mile drag strip, mo­tocross track and off-road driver train­ing on the site.

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