For five consecutive years, starting in 2007, motorsport competitors have been able to enjoy our five day DRIVE BATHURST event at the Mount Panorama Circuit.
Early last year we notified the circuit operator (Bathurst Regional Council) that we were exercising our option for a further five years. Council’s public records show they received our notification and that our event “continues to grow in popularity” and is “ideally suited in the November time slot”.
Since then we have repeatedly attempted to negotiate with Bathurst Regional Council in good faith for continued access to Mount Panorama, so that our event can continue to grow, building on the base established over the last five years.
We have formally notified Bathurst Regional Council that we are ready, willing and able to conduct a November 2012 event and that our preferred dates are 14-18 November.
Last year the organisers of the Easter festival made the decision to move their event from Mount Panorama to Eastern Creek because their relationship with Bathurst Regional Council had soured to a point where they feared they would be left without a venue.
And yesterday CEO of Trackcorp Adrenalin, David Jellins, said he was very worried his events would also be lost to Bathurst due to issues between the company and council.
Drive Bathurst is a two-day non-competitive event that gives motorsports enthusiasts the opportunity to drive around Mount Panorama under expert guidance, while Sprint Bathurst is a three-day timed event.
Mr Jellins said these events provide a boost to Bathurst’s economy because participants and volunteers patronise local motels, restaurants and tourist attractions.
He said Trackcorp is committed to continuing with the event and committing to a long-term contract because they have worked very hard to build the event over the past five years. However, he is perplexed by council’s change in attitude.
“Initially we were welcomed with open arms by council but since then we have been treated in a very unsatisfactory manner,” Mr Jellins said.
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