John Kobelke

John Kobelke

Minister for Police and Emergency Services; Community Safety; Water Resources; Sport and Recreation

    Consultant appointed for motorsport study

    20/05/2008 12:00 AM
     

    The State Government has appointed GHD as consultants to undertake a review of motorsport facilities in Western Australia, in order to assess what works are required to attract and maintain racing events such as the V8 Supercars.

     

    Sport and Recreation Minister John Kobelke said the State Government had moved to identify a solution to provide a facility capable of hosting the V8’s beyond 2009, after attempts to gain the necessary information from the WA Sporting Car Club since May 2007 had not been successful.

     

    “The State Government is keen to maintain major sporting events in WA, including V8 racing. I recently met with V8 Supercars Australia CEO Wayne Cattach to gain a clear understanding of their interest in racing in WA,” Mr Kobelke said.

     

    “Mr Cattach’s interest in WA remaining part of the national series is welcome and the State Government has already begun assessment of what is required at the State’s premier motorsports facility, Barbagallo Raceway.”

     

    The assessment would not only consider what was required in order to maintain V8 racing, but the possibility of attracting other motorsport events including more motorcycle racing and even Asian-based competitions to WA.

     

    The assessment by GHD would include extensive stakeholder consultation, including those currently associated with Barbagallo Raceway. GHD’s considerations also include the best management and governance structures for a facility’s long term operation.

     

    “Financial modelling will be undertaken during the investigation to identify the most effective funding mix to deliver a facility, including the option of replacing Barbagallo with a greenfields track site if an appropriate and viable business case can be demonstrated,” he said.

     

    “The State Government is supportive of one permanent premier facility that could be utilised year round and to the benefit of all levels of motorsport, not just for one weekend a year.

     

    “Motorsport has a passionate following in this State and the broader community will also be able to register their views through a special email address motorsportsstudy@dsr.wa.gov.au.”

     

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