CASAR Park gets closer
The proposed CASAR Park Community Motorsport Facility to be located at Bushell’s Ridge at the northern end of Wyong Shire on the NSW Central Coast has edged closer to reality with in-kind support from local businesses, North Constructions and Virtual Motorsport Design.
North Constructions managing director Tim Cornish, and projects director Matthew Cook, met with park co-founder Brad Wilson in December after hearing about this unique social enterprise at their local Rotary club. “The economic and social significance of this project for the Central Coast is clear” said Mr Cornish. “At North Constructions we have the resources to support it, and we’re proud to make them available to the CASAR Park team.” Further support for CASAR Park has come from Virtual Motorsport Design proprietor, Neil Faichney, who has prepared a track simulation video. Virtual Motorsport Design specialises in applying game and simulator technology to the design and visualisation of real-world projects. Wilson says the simulation is just an example of how the circuit might look, and is excited by the use of simulator technology to enable multiple layouts to be considered and applied to the terrain. The CASAR Park board has been heartened by the interest and support the project has generated, particularly on the Central Coast where the facility is expected to generate significant employment and training opportunities over coming years. With significant donations, sponsorship and in-kind support already in place, the CASAR Park team expect to kick off DA-related studies in the next few months. The motoring complex is only stage 1 of the CASAR Park project, with stage 2 to provide further infrastructure for tourism, training, recreation and leisure – a total investment of over $25 million in the region. Once completed, it’s estimated CASAR Park will generate $17 million annually in economic benefit to the local economy with approximately 200 jobs as well as 200 training positions onsite once the facility is fully operational plus a further 150 indirect jobs. See www.casarpark.org.au for details and to view the track simulation.