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Australian F1 Grand Prix To Stay In Melbourne Until 2020 After Victorian Government Signs New Deal


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#1 PZ.

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Posted 03 August 2014 - 10:42 AM

The Australian Grand Prix will stay in Melbourne until 2020, after a new contract was signed by the Victorian Government.

The deal was signed in London last week, after a year of negotiations.

The Victorian Government will not say how much the contract cost, but says it is the best deal for Victoria.

Commercial rights have been retained under the contract, meaning Melbourne branding will be prominently displayed to the race's hundreds of millions of viewers.

The race will remain the first of the Formula One season.

Victorian Premier Denis Napthine says the Grand Prix creates up to $39 million for the economy and about 400 full-time jobs.

Mr Napthine says the deal confirms the city as a world-class sporting destination.

"This is a fantastic deal for Melbourne and Victoria," he said.

"This delivers enormous jobs and economic benefits to our state and reaffirms Melbourne and Victoria as the sporting and major events capital of the world.

Last year's race cost Victorian taxpayers $50 million. The event has been held at Albert Park since 1996, when it moved from Adelaide.

 

http://www.abc.net.a...il-2020/5644162


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Posted 03 August 2014 - 10:42 AM

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Posted 03 August 2014 - 11:24 AM

Hi PZ.
I'm not a motorhead, but am pleased the GPO is for another 5 years in Melb.
The lack of transparency is a worry and possibly the losses are high.
But running at a profit is not the be all and end of all.
However I think Sydneysiders would bite their arms off to get the nod!
Maybe it's a lot of noise about nothing! Make a good Seinfeld show!
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Posted 03 August 2014 - 12:34 PM

I don't think Sydney would ever host the race (it would be almost mandatory for the Harbour Bridge to be part of the circuit) - maybe Bathurst could be ideal depending on whether it matches the requirements of an F1 venue.

 

Yes, I agree profit isn't everything but it raises the obvious questions as to why we didn't continue funding the building of cars in Victoria given the costs are fairly similar and the dividends are higher but... with an unpopular Government 3 months away from a state election you can always expect the unexpected :rundog:


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Posted 04 August 2014 - 02:44 PM

Hi PZ.
Good on you for keeping up to Victorian news.
Actually the Vic Gov is quite popular with me!
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