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Wakefield Park circuit forced to close

The circuit, located in Goulburn in rural New South Wales, was hit hard by way of a ruling in July from the Land and Environment Court that effectively limited on-track activity to four days monthly.

That followed a dispute with the Goulburn Mulwaree Council over noise limits which were imposed within development plans lodged by circuit owner the Benalla Auto Club.

Given the Wakefield Park business design is founded on track usage, the ruling cast serious doubts on the viability of the venue beneath the restrictions.

The worst case scenario has been reached, the BAC confirming today that activity at Wakefield Park will cease from September 1 until further notice.

“Our biggest priority has been ongoing consultation and discussion with this loyal and hard working team of staff, that are those most suffering from the ceasing of circuit operations,” said BAC general manager Stephen Whyte.

“Unfortunately we can not operate economically beneath the current restrictions, which includes left us without alternative but to cease all activity at the track.

“Further reaching would be the economic loss to Goulburn and the encompassing community.”

It’s understood that the BAC is working towards special economic status for Wakefield Park in order that it can re-open its doors later on.

Whyte confirmed that there surely is a continuing commitment to save lots of the circuit from permanent closure.

“We remain focused on Wakefield Park and we’ll continue to use the Goulburn Mulwaree Council and our stakeholders,” he said.

“We are in need of NSW state assistance to look for a pathway forward for Wakefield Park.”

Wakefield’s woes leaves the complete state of NSW with only a single operational permanent circuit Sydney Motorsport Park, located in the western suburbs of hawaii capital.

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