West Welcomes Sydney's Answer to Silverstone

Belinda Wallis •
August 16, 2023

Western Sydney is in pole position to house the next generation of motor-engineers, with the launch of the country’s first Australian Motorsport Innovation Precinct (AMIP) at Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek.

The hi-tech trackside automotive hub will accelerate the region’s jobs, skills training and business opportunities, according to leading think-tank the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue.

Dialogue CEO Adam Leto said the AMIP was modelled on the UK’s Silverstone precinct, which brings together the best minds in industry, education, technology and motorsports, anchored at the famous Formula One racetrack.

“The opening of this unique precinct lays the groundwork for a world-class sustainable business hub at Sydney Motorsport Park, the home of motor racing in NSW,” Mr Leto said.

“This is Sydney’s answer to Silverstone in the UK, and is already attracting industry trailblazers in manufacturing, research, development and education.

“Western Sydney is an emerging education powerhouse that is ready to drive new technologies, industry innovation and skills training, now, and for future generations.

“The Dialogue congratulates the Australian Racing Drivers’ Club (ARDC) for bringing this concept to life and welcomes the invaluable support and funding from the NSW Government.”

The $10 million trackside precinct brings together engineers, developers, universities and research institutions to collaborate with entrepreneurs, business start-ups and incubators.

Officially opened today by the Minister for Music and the Night-time Economy and Jobs and Tourism, John Graham said the precinct will be a driving force for the night-time economy, innovation and jobs.

“Keeping the best in the business here in Western Sydney, we will help create the smart jobs and technology of the future, which will fuel our economy and further support an already hugely popular sport that’s attracting visitors day and night to this first-class circuit,” Mr Graham said.

“These events help to identify, develop and foster the next generation of motorsport talent, creating a direct pathway for young Australian motor racing drivers.

“For generations, motorsports have driven innovations that have benefited millions of ordinary drivers. This precinct will supercharge this process.”

Minister for Sport Steve Kamper said the Australian Motorsport Innovation Precinct was a key part of the NSW Government’s $32 million investment in Sydney Motorsport Park.

“The NSW Government recognises and understands the passion for motorsport in western Sydney,” Mr Kamper said.

“We are an enthusiastic supporter of the Australian Motorsport Innovation Precinct at Sydney Motorsport Park which will create a cluster of world-leading businesses to drive innovation and create employment opportunities in western Sydney.

“This project comes on top of our investment in a major track extension and the installation of permanent circuit lighting at the circuit as well as upgrades to Sydney International Dragway which includes a new world-class surface, grandstand and lighting.”