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Cessnock opens dialogue on Wine Country 500

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It’s official… Cessnock City Council has kicked off proceedings to host a Supercars event in the LGA.

Earlier in the month, mayor Jay Suvaal indicated he was keen to investigate the prospect of staging a race locally following the breakdown of the extravaganza in Newcastle.

And, on Wednesday 29 November, council took its first step.

It wrote to Supercars Australia (SA), expressing its interest in starting discussions with the organisers to stage a round.

The move comes after the adoption of a Mayoral Minute – on 15 November – directing Cessnock City to open a dialogue with key stakeholders including SA and the NSW Government for the Wine Country 500.

It read as follows:

That council formally engage with the Minister for Jobs and Tourism, the Minister of Sport, Destination NSW, State Member for Cessnock and Supercars to express Cessnock City’s interest in having discussions about securing a Supercars 500 event in the Cessnock LGA.

Cr Suvaal said now was the time to begin a serious conversation on how council could retain a Supercars event in the Hunter.

“Motor sports are part of our culture here in the region,” he explained.

“News that the Supercars would not be returning to Newcastle in 2024 was a devastating blow to our community.

“We have the best racing fans in the country… and it would be a terrible shame for this important regional event to be lost permanently.

“The City of Cessnock is prepared to step up for our region and fully explore opportunities to create the Wine Country 500 in our LGA.

“The Hunter Valley is an ideal destination to host a round of Supercars, with strong tourism visitor numbers, ample accommodation and idyllic surrounds.”

The next steps for council will be to open formal discussions on the considered proposal.

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