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Supercars’ closures to impact residents, visitors

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The Supercars circus is set to roll into town next month, with residents and visitors alike to feel the impact over a nine-week period.

While the Newcastle 500 – to be staged from 10 to 12 March – provides a massive economic windfall for the city, with tens of thousands of people venturing to the area, it also causes headaches for locals who live near the track and those who work in the CBD.

From Wednesday 1 February, temporary infrastructure works will begin in Newcastle East.

That includes the installation of barrier and debris fencing; provisional buildings and structures; and grandstands, as well as delivery of the overall event set-up.

This means public access to Foreshore Park’s busy carpark and frog pond will be closed, along with the Nobbys Beach carpark in the west.

However, the Foreshore Park playground, Horseshoe Beach Road carpark and Nobbys Beach east carpark remain open.

There are a few road closures, too, including:

  • Wharf Road from Watt Street to Horseshoe Beach Road – from 7am on Wednesday 1 February until 5pm on Friday 31 March
  • Horseshoe Beach Road – temporary or lane restrictions

“The installation of barrier and debris fencing will start on Wharf Road, through to Horseshoe Beach Road, around to the Nobbys Beach carpark,” a Supercars Australia spokesperson said.

“Pedestrian access will be maintained through Foreshore Park with diversions in place to protect people.

“The children’s playground and public amenities, in Foreshore Park, will stay accessible during the installation period.

“All beaches will remain open while works are undertaken during the event.

“We’re trying to minimise the effect on everyone as much as possible.”

The 2023 race is the final to be conducted under the existing agreement between Supercars Australia, City of Newcastle (CN) and Destination NSW. 

Council will seek feedback from the community before, during and after the Newcastle 500 as part of a consultation strategy prepared to guide decisions on the event moving forward.

“At this time, no decision has been reached by any of the three parties on an extension of the race beyond March 2023,” CN’s CEO Jeremy Bath said.

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