Bathurst’s sec­ond cir­cuit closer

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The de­sign for a 4.7km in­ter­na­tional stan­dard cir­cuit to be lo­cated to the west­ern side of Mount Panorama has been re­leased as part of the fi­nal ten­der process. In a state­ment re­leased by Bathurst Re­gional Coun­cil, three com­pa­nies have been in­vited to sub­mit ten­ders. These are UK-based Apex Cir­cuit De­sign, the Ital­ian com­pany Dromo, and Bris­bane-based In­te­grated Event De­liv­ery Man­age­ment. Coun­cil­lor War­ren Au­bin says the sec­ond cir­cuit would be an in­ter­na­tional stan­dard with as­so­ci­ated in­fra­struc­ture. “It will be sit­u­ated ad­ja­cent to the ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties at Mount Panorama and ca­pa­ble of host­ing a va­ri­ety of mo­tor ve­hi­cle and mo­tor­cy­cle events with a ca­pac­ity of 50,000 spec­ta­tors. The precinct will be a home to com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial in­fra­struc­ture.” The cost of the project is cur­rently listed as a $52.4 mil­lion, with $35 mil­lion al­ready pledged, in­clud­ing $15 mil­lion from the NSW gov­ern­ment, and $10 mil­lion each from the Fed­eral gov­ern­ment and Bathurst Re­gional Coun­cil. It is ex­pected to take 2-3 years to com­plete. There are cur­rently nu­mer­ous cir­cuit pro­pos­als in the wings, most if not all de­pen­dent on gov­ern­ment fund­ing. These in­clude Bal­larat, Mil­dura, Keys­brook (Perth) and New­cas­tle, as well as the Bathurst cir­cuit.

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