JASON CLARE MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR RESOURCES AND NORTHERN AUSTRALIA
SHADOW MINISTER FOR TRADE AND INVESTMENT
MEMBER FOR BLAXLAND
CATHY O’TOOLE MP
MEMBER FOR HERBERT
LABOR CANDIDATE FOR DAWSON
LABOR WILL INVEST IN MOTORSPORTS IN QUEENSLAND’S NORTH
A Shorten Labor Government will invest $12 million to support the construction of the Townsville Motorsport Precinct, building a permanent home for driver education and motorsports.
Townsville has been without a dedicated motorsport complex since the closure of the Townsville Dragway in 2012.
In partnership with Drive It NQ, a Shorten Labor Government will help make this Motorsport Precinct a reality.
Labor’s investment will directly support the construction of a bitumen circuit; off-road rally tracks; an international standard drag and speedway with grandstand seating; community event facilities; and skid pans and facilities for driver education.
The Motorsport Precinct will have a strong focus on driver safety by housing expanded driver education activities for heavy vehicle licencing and defensive driving, meaning positive road safety impacts for the broader Townsville community.
This will also mean driver training can happen locally and reduce the need for police, fire, ambulance and ADF personnel travelling to the South East for training, often at a large financial cost.
Labor’s investment in the Motorsport Precinct will enhance Townville’s reputation as a premier motorsport events destination, building on the success of the annual V8 Supercars that attracts nearly 150,000 spectators.
Today’s announcement by Federal Labor is because of the fierce representation from both Cathy and Belinda, who have been working with Drive It NQ for a long time to make this project a reality.
The Motorsport Precinct will also be used for community events, including concerts, field days and a range of family friendly events.
Drive It NQ estimate the project will generate $34.8 million in economic benefits with flow on, and 90 full time jobs; and once operational it will provide $35 million of community economic benefit and 148 equivalent full-time jobs.
Labor has made tough budget decisions to ensure our priorities are fully paid for: we will make multi-nationals pay their fair share and close unsustainable tax loopholes.
This election is a choice between Labor’s plan for better hospitals and better schools versus bigger tax loopholes for the top end of town under the Liberals.
After six years of Liberal cuts and chaos, our united Labor team is ready.
WEDNESDAY, 17 APRIL 2019
MEDIA CONTACT: LABOR CAMPAIGN MEDIA – 02 9165 8299