CASAR Park gets closer

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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.

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