The Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue has supported calls for the installation of permanent lights at Sydney Motorsport Park following the success of the first V8 Supercars night-event in more than 20 years.
More than 30,000 spectators packed the Eastern Creek venue over the weekend as part of the two-day event, which was headlined by the Sydney SuperNight 300, V8 race on Saturday, featuring Australia’s best touring car drivers and broadcast nationally, and across the globe.
The weekend’s event was made possible through the installation of temporary lighting.
Dialogue Chairman, Christopher Brown AM, said the amount of positive feedback from broadcasters, advertisers, drivers and spectators, proved that there was strong demand for night-racing at Sydney Motorsport Park.
“The numbers speak for themselves, and when you have respected motorsport figures such as Craig Lowndes arguing that night-racing at Eastern Creek needs to become a permanent V8 fixture, then you need to pay attention,” Mr Brown said.
“Western Sydney was out in full-force over the weekend and the opportunities, not just tourism-related, that will stem from having permanent lighting at Sydney Motorsport Park, are too important to ignore.”
Over the past 12 months Sydney Motorsport Park has enjoyed positive discussions with the NSW Government over the installation of permanent floodlights, providing year-round, site-activation and serving a host of motorsport and industry uses, including V8 supercar racing.
The 92ha Sydney Motorsport Park precinct is one of the busiest sites in Western Sydney, hosting more than 600 events and over 300,000 visitors annually, and is nearly fully booked a year in advance.
Mr Brown added that Sydney Motorsport Park was more than just a visitor destination on major race days, and had the potential to deliver more jobs, skills and training opportunities for the region’s growing labour force.
“Sydney Motorsport Park is currently at full capacity and the provision of permanent lights would not only make it more accessible, but deliver on its potential as a major tourism, education and economic hub,” Mr Brown said.
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Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue
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