Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Perth secures major world-class event

    10/10/2005 12:00 AM

    The latest event secured by the Gallop Government will see the world’s most exciting air race descend on Perth in November 2006, providing a week-long festival for Western Australian families free-of-charge.

    Tourism Minister Mark McGowan today announced that the State had won the bid against other Australian cities to secure a three-year deal to host the inaugural Australian stop of the Red Bull Air Race World Series in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

    Mr McGowan said WA had seized upon the rare opportunity to acquire the cutting edge, highly innovative event.

    “It is a spectacular event featuring an aerial obstacle course, with aerobatic manoeuvres performed by state-of-the-art single prop aircraft at speeds of up to 450km/hr,” he said.

    “Some of the moves are quite incredible, with aircraft flying through inflatable gates only 10m off the water’s surface.

    “The race will be the centrepiece of a citywide festival of aviation, with fly-overs, displays and concerts.

    “The exact location of the event is yet to be determined but our preference is for it to be held over Perth waters.

    “This will allow hundreds of thousands of spectators to line the foreshore and participate in the free festivities that will take place throughout the week of the event.”

    Mr McGowan said the Gallop Government would spend $2.8million for the event and associated festivities each year it was held in WA.

    “Visitor expenditure associated with the event is expected to be more than $6million in the first year,” he said

    “There will also be live Internet streaming, which will allow viewers to follow the event from their computers anywhere in the world.

    “Businesses supplying trades and services to the event and associated festival of aviation are expected to receive a boost of at least $2million.

    “All up, the value to the State of the Red Bull Air Race is expected to be about $10million.

    “There will also be plenty of attention from aviation across Australia and around the world, which means some of our nearby regional airports will be involved, spreading the benefits beyond the metropolitan area.”

    The Minister said EventsCorp had been monitoring the event for some time and put together a brilliant bid that convinced the event owners that WA was the best proposition.

    “This event will allow us to show our best assets to the world - Kings Park, the Swan River, our clean environment and our fantastic weather,” he said.

    Previous races have been held in Austria, Hungary, the United Kingdom, the United States, Ireland, and the United Arab Emirates.

    Mr McGowan said the race footage, which would include highlights of Perth and surrounding areas, would be broadcast to a potential audience of about 100million viewers world-wide, including Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, Germany, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Hong Kong, China, Netherlands and Switzerland.

    Details of the location and exact course will the subject of consultation with Perth City Council and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). All safety aspects will be controlled and monitored by CASA.

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    EventsCorp supported events to be held over the coming weeks include:
    • Gravity Games (closing today)
    • Tri Nations Bowls tournament (October 13 -16)
    • ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships (October 15 -16)
    • Telstra Rally Australia (November 10 -13)
    • Ironman Western Australia Triathlon (November 27)
    • Indian Rim Asian University Games (November 28 - December 4)
    • Clipper Round the World Yacht Race (December 17 - January 1).
    Minister's office: 9222 9111