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Sydney to bid for F1
03-12-2015, 07:24 PM (This post was last modified: 03-12-2015 07:29 PM by Koala.)
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Sydney to bid for F1
Our Premier announced today that Sydney is going to put together a bid to take over the F1 from Melbourne. Melbourne have the contract till 2020 but there has been a lot of ongoing controversy in Melbourne over the site (Albert Park) and the financial cost. Given a recent change in Government in Melbourne and the ongoing issues it is even possible (though I would think unlikely) Melbourne might surrender the race to Sydney prior to 2020

The projected track includes over the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House - it should be quite spectacular and unique if it actually gets off the ground

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/why-scenic-sydney-is-grand-prix-ideal/story-fni0cwl5-1227260433441

Because it is the opening round of the 2015 Formula One world championship, this Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix will be one of the most-watched F1 races of the entire year.

Tens of millions of viewers worldwide will tune in to see this year’s new cars and drivers, and to get a sense of what the season ahead may hold.

The trouble is, besides the cars and drivers, Melbourne does not offer that much more to look at. The southern capital is featureless and bland. It is hardly a great advertisement for our nation, no matter how many people are watching.

And as for the track, this is the downcast description offered by F1 Racing magazine’s 2015 season preview: “The Albert Park track itself is nothing special”. Indeed. The ideal home for the Australian Grand Prix should be in Australia’s greatest city — Sydney. And that is exactly the plan of Premier Mike Baird, as part of his program to build a cavalcade of global showstoppers across Sydney and NSW.

“I want the Formula One to come to Sydney, because no other city in the world could provide a more spectacular backdrop for this event,” Baird said yesterday. “We know this event is watched by up to 30 million people around the world, and securing the Grand Prix would put our already-successful events strategy in pole position.”

If re-elected on March 28, Baird will establish a bid team led by ­Sydney Olympics supremo Rod McGeoch and former News Corp Australia chief John Hartigan, now chairman of Destination NSW.

“Rod McGeoch and John Hartigan are the right people to make this happen,” Baird said.

The timing is on Baird’s side. Melbourne’s sports-mad public has cooled towards F1. Additionally Ron Walker, the head of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, is about to depart his position with no replacement yet named.

This creates the opportunity for a new approach towards the Australian Grand Prix, with a new — a better — city to host it.

Those behind the ambitious plan to grab the Grand Prix from 2020 onwards are already talking about a spectacular street course featuring the Harbour Bridge. This element seems absolutely crucial to Sydney’s potential hosting of the race.


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http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/sydney-to-steal-melbourne-grand-prix-under-180-million-plan-by-premier-mike-bairds/story-fnpn118l-1227260663446

AN audacious bid to bring the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix to Sydney and possibly race it across the Harbour Bridge will be launched by a ­­­re-elected Baird government.

Premier Mike Baird will today announce that, if ­­re-elected on March 28, work would start on taking the Grand Prix off Melbourne.

Mr Baird would establish a bid team featuring Rod ­McGeoch, who led Sydney’s successful 2000 Olympics bid, and former News Corp CEO John Hartigan, the chairman of Destination NSW. The team would report to government by the end of the year on the economics of the race.

It is understood the Premier is interested in a minimum three-year bid which would cost NSW taxpayers up to $180 million to stage the event.

One option is for the event to race across the Harbour Bridge, back through the ­Cahill Expressway past the Conservatorium of Music and then down Bridge Street on to York Street in an approximately 5km circuit — about the same length as that of ­Melbourne’s Albert Park.

If the bridge were used, chicanes would have to be installed to ensure the cars went slower because the shape of the bridge’s road surface would otherwise cause the cars to lift up.

Mr McGeoch and Mr Hartigan will examine all aspects of a potential bid — including cost to taxpayers, benefits to the economy, infrastructure implications and potential routes. The Australian Grand Prix runs in March, with this year’s race run this weekend.

Victoria’s contract expires in 2020 but a decision on an Australian host city is expected to be made by the Formula One governing body in 2018.

The bid would take ­advantage of the fact that the man who helped negotiate its transfer from Adelaide to ­Melbourne in 1996, Ron ­Walker, has just stood down as head of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation.

“I want the Formula One to come to Sydney, because no other city in the world could provide a more spectacular backdrop for this event,” Premier Mike Baird said.

“We know this event is watched by up to 30 million people around the world, and securing the Grand Prix would put our already successful events strategy in pole position.

“But we need to get all the facts, before we move to bid stage. Rod McGeoch and John Hartigan are the right people to make this happen.”

Last month, the government announced it would top up its major events budget by $123 million if elected with hopes for an American National Football League (NFL) game, another Major League Baseball game, a National Basketball Association game or the F1 for Sydney. The extra money would take the major events budget to $643 million.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews ordered his major events teams to reconsider how his state attracts events after the NSW government successfully snared more than 130 sporting, cultural and lifestyle events in 2014, injecting more than $500 million into the state.

The 2014 Australian Grand Prix drew an ­attendance of 314,900.

The Grand Prix moved to Melbourne in 1996 after 10 years in Adelaide but it has always attracted ­controversy, especially from the residents near the Albert Park circuit.
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03-13-2015, 12:06 AM
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Wonder if they'll have to pay the toll

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03-13-2015, 05:53 AM
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Looks a bit of a simple layout - I can hear the commentators going on about the Mickey Mouse CBD section already.

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