Bathurst cir­cuit inches closer


Bathurst Re­gional Coun­cil re­cently pur­chased the fi­nal piece in their plan to es­tab­lish a sec­ond cir­cuit at Mount Panorama. 32 hectares of land to the east of Con­rod Straight was pur­chased from or­chardist Lee Rayner for a re­ported $4.4 mil­lion. This now gives the coun­cil 85 hectares of ground on which to con­struct the long-awaited track. For­mal plan­ning for the sec­ond cir­cuit is ex­pected to get un­der­way in Au­gust. A to­tal of $15 mil­lion has al­ready been ear­marked for the pro­ject across coun­cil, state and fed­eral bud­gets. Bathurst mayor Garry Rush praised the move as a vi­tal to the suc­cess of the pro­ject. “I think we will look back in decades to come at the mag­ni­tude of this deal in the push to bring the sec­ond track to fruition,” he told Bathurst’s Western Ad­vo­cate news­pa­per. “The $15 mil­lion in next year’s bud­get is the main item in the multi mil­lion dol­lar man­age­ment plan. We an­tic­i­pate the set­tle­ment of this land deal to oc­cur about the same time as the bud­get comes into force around the end of the month (July). “This is huge for Bathurst, I can’t stress that enough.” The sec­ond cir­cuit is planned as a multi-use fa­cil­ity, but coun­cil has been very vo­cal on the prospect of se­cur­ing high pro­file mo­tor­cy­cling events for the track.

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