Bathurst’s second circuit closer
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.