Wakefield Park update

Tuesday 14 March, 2023
Photo: Riccardo Benvenuti
Motorsport Australia has welcomed the NSW Liberal & National Government’s election commitment for further funding of Wakefield Park.
The NSW Liberal and Nationals Government today outlined a $5 million pledge towards planning for a long-term solution to resolve the issues surrounding the circuit should it be re-elected.
Since its closure in 2022, Motorsport Australia has been working closely to ensure it remains a key election issue in NSW.
Today’s announcement would see $5 million put towards investigative planning work and future noise mitigation works.
Motorsport Australia has previously noted the importance of investment into motorsport venues in New South Wales, with only one permanent circuit currently operating in the state (Sydney Motorsport Park).
Today’s pledge follows a recent commitment from the State Opposition.
Motorsport Australia CEO Eugene Arocca acknowledged and thanked the existing NSW Government for its support of motorsport.
“We have been very vocal since Wakefield’s closure about the importance of this venue to motorsport,” Arocca said.
“A commitment of this size is a big win for New South Wales and the broader motorsport community – giving many circuit racers around the state a chance to continue enjoying their passion.
“Wakefield Park has a rich history with the circuit having played host to race meetings of all levels, so to lose it would be a major blow for all and also have a detrimental economic impact on the region.
“We thank to the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government for its support of Wakefield Park.”
Earlier today NSW Minister for Sport Alister Henskens issued a statement saying the Government was eager to secure the future of Wakefield Park.
The Minister announced that the Government would work with Motorsport Australia and other stakeholders to develop a NSW Motorsport Strategy. This is something Motorsport Australia has been requesting for some time and Arocca noted:
“We have engaged with other State Governments (Victoria, SA and WA) and over a number of years to develop a state motorsport strategy which is critical to ensuring that existing venues are retained and there is more investment in new circuits. In NSW, we have raised the issue a number of times, so it is pleasing to hear that the major parties are listening.”
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