The Newcastle 500 will be one of the biggest events ever held in Newcastle's city centre. Benefits of hosting such a high-profile event include:
- $57 million injection into the local tourism economy over five years, from interstate and international visitors to the event
- Influx of more than 80,000 unique visitors over five years
- More than 150,000 spectators on the ground over event weekend
- Exposure to a potential global TV audience of more than 260 million households.
- Civil works program.
A one-off new road and infrastructure works program will be delivered in 2017. It will include road resurfacing, additional public parking and approximately 150m of new road. This program of work was already scheduled by Council but has been brought forward because of the event. Regular Build Notices outlining construction details are distributed to residents and businesses in Newcastle East and posted to the Supercars Australia website.
Newcastle City Council's role
Maximising the benefit for residents and businesses in Newcastle's east end and minimising the impact of the event have been priorities since the early planning phase of the Newcastle 500. See below for more information.
Newcastle 500 e-Newsletters
Major Events Residents Working Group (MERWG)
The MERWG meets monthly and has achieved significant outcomes for local residents. These include:
- A permanent change to precinct 1 parking arrangements to increase turnover for Newcastle East residents and businesses
- Fort Scratchley overflow car park being made available to residents of Nobbys Road and Parnell Place while civil works are underway
- Formation of a Newcastle East Traffic working group that will be in place long after the race
- Expansion of the residents' only area inside the track
- Pacific Park being made an alcohol free zone during the event
- The abolishment of terms and conditions associated with residents' accreditation.
These are tangible outcomes for the Newcastle East community that are a credit to the MERWG and its members.
MERWG Charter (pdf)
Meeting 1 Minutes 12 April 2017
Meeting 2 Minutes 10 May 2017
Meeting 3 Minutes 14 June 2017
Meeting 4 Minutes 12 July 2017
Meeting 5 Minutes 9 August 2017
Formal information sessions were held with East End residents and businesses in December 2016 and April/May 2017. Hundreds of Newcastle East residents attended these sessions. Specific information sessions were held with Department of Housing residents in the Newcastle East area to address their particular needs. Numerous and regular informal face to face meetings also continue to be held with residents and business operators.
Council engaged the Hunter Research Foundation in March to assess support for the Newcastle 500. More than 80% of the 300 respondents from the Lower Hunter region believed Newcastle and the region would benefit from hosting the event.
Fewer than 12% disagreed, with the rest saying they were unsure.
Respondents aged 18-64 were significantly more likely to answer 'Yes' than those aged 65-plus. Full survey results
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East end parking changes
On Monday 17 July, a total of 90 all-day eight-hour (8P) and 12-hour (12P) metered parking spaces in Newcastle East permanently became two or four-hour parking zones.
The moves were fast-tracked to coincide with the civil works program for the inaugural Newcastle 500 Supercars event.
Parking along Wharf Road, from Watt Street to Queens Wharf, switched temporarily from two hour (2P) and four-hour (4P) to eight hour (8P) zones to help offset the loss of all-day parking.
Previously planned as part of the city's ongoing revitalisation, the Newcastle East changes will make it easier for residents, business users and visitors to park their car.
Off-street car parks currently operated throughout the city centre by Council and private operators will continue to provide more than 3,300 all-day parking spaces.
The map below shows locations of all-day and unrestricted on-street parking in the CBD. Click on it for a larger PDF version.
Briefing to Council
Council staff provided an update on community engagement activities around the Newcastle 500 event at the 21 February 2017 Council Briefing Committee meeting. View the presentation - Supercars engagement presentation