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A new pit complex, modern corporate facilities and updated garages are just some of the upgrades planned for the nation’s spectator track, Wakefield Park Raceway, in the next 12 months – and the circuit’s management encourages people to have their say on the proposed improvements.
The Goulburn circuit is in the process of submitting a development application (DA) to Goulburn Mulwaree Council, for key construction projects that will secure Wakefield Park’s future as a permanent motorsport facility.
At the forefront of the DA is a new multi-storey pit facility, which will house dedicated corporate facilities along with more modern circuit operation, race control, medical and media headquarters.
The DA also includes provision for the demolition of some current buildings, relocation of the marshalling area and more versatile parking areas.
Importantly, the DA does not seek a relaxation of the current noise restrictions adhered to by the venue; in fact, the enhanced corporate facilities will attract different events for newer, quieter vehicles such as manufacturer launches and drive days.
Interested stakeholders, including Wakefield Park customers and competitors, surrounding residents, owners of local businesses and other members of the public will have the opportunity to view detailed information and provide specific feedback as part of the community consultation program, which will include two “drop-in” sessions to be held at the circuit on Tuesday 1 September and Saturday 5 September.
Wakefield Park Venue Manager Dean Chapman explained the planned scope of works at Wakefield Park will have both short and long-term benefits for the region.
“Wakefield Park is a major contributor to the local economy but it’s essential we keep pace with other permanent circuits, so we can continue to deliver these advantages to the community,” Mr Chapman said.
“The work we’re planning at Wakefield Park is designed to attract a wider variety of events and secure the venue’s future as a viable business, and one that can continue to deliver widespread economic benefits to the Goulburn region.
“Additionally, the construction work, which is due to begin after funding is secured, will produce opportunities for local builders and contractors. This will create employment opportunities in the face of the difficult economic situations many people are encountering in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Mr Chapman said community feedback on the DA will be essential for ensuring the planned updates to the circuit are beneficial for all stakeholders.
“We’re reaching out to all the members of the community and asking for their feedback. We’re encouraging as many people as possible to attend our drop-in sessions, or provide input through the relevant channels on our website. The more feedback we receive, the more effectively we will be able to collaborate with Goulburn Mulwaree Council to ensure the DA is successful.”
Wakefield Park Raceway are excited to share with you our plans to improve our facilities, which will have a positive impact on the people and region of Goulburn as well as the operations of Wakefield Park Raceway.
We will soon be lodging a Development Application to the Goulburn Mulwaree Council to seek approval to:
- Construct a new 2-3 storey multi-purpose pit lane building to facilitate more corporate and industry events (and generally quieter) cars;
- Demolish some buildings;
- Relocate current service centres (including the café, medical centre, offices, control tower, ticket/sales office, media centre);
- Enhance our ability to host a greater variety of events;
- Revitalise the camping area;
- Formalise access and parking areas for large events;
- Confirm certain existing site approvals; and
- Accurately reflect the site’s current uses in consideration of management measures under Council’s January 2020 Prevention Notice.
What the Development Application does not seek:
- Relaxation of noise restrictions. In fact, the proposed new facilities and upgraded equipment will mean the track is purpose built for modern, quieter cars and activities.
Wakefield Park would appreciate your feedback on these proposals.
This can be done by joining us at our Community Information and Feedback Session on 1 September 4 – 6pm and 5 September 11am – 2pm or provide feedback on the Share Your Thoughts form.
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