News 24 Nov 2017

Mildura Rural City Council outlines motorsport precinct plans

Three-kilometre circuit part of a major $21-million motor-racing project.

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Mildura Rural City Council has outlined its plans to construct a new motorsport precinct, taking to Victoria Parliament House this week in a bid to secure funding.

Stage one of the project is estimated to cost $21-million, including a three-kilometre bitumen race track, skid pan, pits, control tower and camping facilities.

It’s understood that the final project will accomodate all kinds of motorsports, including karting, drag racing and even a jet-boat course. Home of some of the nation’s top racers, including triple Australian Superbike champion Josh Waters, Mildura would be a special place for the facility.

“To sleep in your own bed and to go to the races, just personally it would be unbelievable,” Waters said. “What it would do for the town, I know how big it would be, I know what it does to those towns and see it first-hand. I really think we can do it better and I know the town will be rapt.”

Mildura Mayor Cr Mark Eckel indicated that construction could start immediately if the funding is secured: “It’s going to mean enormous things for the Mildura region, particularly as far as jobs are concerned. The passion that’s here for this project.

“It’s wonderful to have the doyens of the sport talk the way they have, not just about the Mildura region, but about motorsports, sports in general and our wonderful Mildura Future Ready Project, which is going to mean so much not only to the Mildura economy but to the state’s economy.”

It’s estimated that the economic benefits will reach $723m and 885 jobs will be created over 30 years. A financial analysis shows a projected return for private investors from year one.