Super car track design.
Super car track design.

Rocky's $20m Supercars track to be Australia's longest

SATURDAY: A THREE-day motoring event proposed for Rockhampton would inject $14 million into the region.

Rockhampton Regional Council yesterday revealed the findings of a feasibility study, economic study and track designs for Supercars Australia to hold an inaugural Rockhampton event.

Mayor Margaret Strelow said the construction cost of a certified racing surface is estimated to cost up to $20million. With an estimate of $15million for the track itself and additional design and application fees up to $5m, most of the cost would be offset within the first year.

"The feasibility study takes a conservative approach and more than compensates for the preliminary nature of cost forecasts at this stage," Mayor Strelow said.

"The three day event would draw more than 130,000 people to Rockhampton, inject $14 million directly into Rockhampton and a further $7 million state-wide - offsetting constructions costs after just one event.

"The track has been tailor made for Supercars.

"The next step is to progress with detailed designs and work with various parties and levels of government to turn this dream into reality."

Super car track design.
Super car track design.

Central Queensland Motor Sporting Club president Craig Jervis said the club is aiming for a 2019 inaugural Supercar event, however, CQ's cyclone and flooding season could mean that would be pushed back to 2020.

It's a slightly faster timeline to Townsville where Supercars Australia gave the thumbs up in 2006, funding secured from State and Federal governments in 2007 and the first event held in 2009.

"We've got to get the official approval from Supercars," Mr Jervis said. "We would like to have it in 2019."

Mayor Strelow said there had been a slight hiccup with Supercars Australia changing CEO's and council having yet to meet with the new CEO, however, the organisation had been "open" to a Rockhampton event so far.

She said council was looking to negotiate for a five-year one-event-per-year minimum agreement with Supercars Australia.

Super car track design.
Super car track design.

"Council has worked closely with consultants experienced in developing and managing motor sport events, and with The Common chosen as the preferred site, we now have an impressive business case to present to Supercars Australia and potential stakeholders," Mayor Strelow said.

"The Common offers Supercars a truly unique venue for this world-class event with stunning backdrops, close proximity to the CBD and ease of access.

"It's a blank canvas waiting to become Rockhampton's next star attraction.

"By choosing a greenfield site instead of a street circuit, we have far fewer constraints when it comes to design, which means council and Supercars can make this the best track in Australia."

Mr Jervis said the track would be 3.9 kilometres long, making it the longest in Australia.

"It's a great layout for drivers and spectators alike," he said.

Mayor Strelow addressed flooding impact concerns saying Rockhampton roads' biggest problem post flooding was that motorists got back on the roads straight after the water drops.

She said council would direct motorists to dirt tracks around the Supercar track post flooding events to reduce that impact, but the track would also be built to a higher quality than usual because of the flooding issue.

The construction of the track would also see an extra 1100 car park spaces at The Common's sporting precinct that could be used all year round - outside Supercars events.

FRIDAY: A THREE-day motoring event proposed for Rockhampton would inject $14 million into the region.

Rockhampton Regional Council this morning revealed the findings of a feasibility study and track designs for Supercars Australia to hold an inaugural Rockhampton event.

 

Mayor Margaret Strelow said the construction cost of a certified racing surface is estimated to cost up to $20million. With an estimate of $15million for the track itself and additional design and application fees up to $5m, most of the cost would be offset within the first year.

"The feasibility study takes a conservative approach and more than compensates for the preliminary nature of cost forecasts at this stage," Mayor Strelow said.

"The three day event would draw more than 130,000 people to Rockhampton, inject $14 million directly into Rockhampton and a further $7 million state-wide - offsetting constructions costs after just one event.

 

"The next step is to progress with detailed designs and work with various parties and levels of Government to turn this dream into reality."

She said council's preliminary discussions with Supercars indicate a strong interest if a suitable location was made available.

"Council has worked closely with consultants experienced in developing and managing motor sport events, and with The Common chosen as the preferred site, we now have an impressive business case to present to Supercars Australia and potential stakeholders," Mayor Strelow said.

"The Common offers Supercars a truly unique venue for this world-class event with stunning backdrops, close proximity to the CBD and ease of access.

 

"It's a blank canvas waiting to become Rockhampton's next star attraction.

"By choosing a greenfield site instead of a street circuit, we have far fewer constraints when it comes to design, which means Council and Supercars can make this the best track in Australia."

     


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