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Mayors Message - 4 October 2022

Mayors Message - 4 October 2022

Published:
Tuesday 4 October 2022
Cr Michael Whelan

As world champion Marc Marquez flew down Gardner Straight at 330kmh on a chilly October 27 2019 to win a thrilling Phillip Island MotoGP our minds turned quickly to the 2020 race.

Would Aussie Jack Miller be able to go two places better than his third that day and finally win his home grand prix?

Thanks to the pandemic we’ve had wait a lot longer to find out.

But after two cancelled Phillip Island MotoGPs, our race is finally back on October 14-16 and I am sure we will appreciate it so much more after the past two traumatic years.

The cancellation of the world-class motorcycle race left a $42 million hole in the local economy through lost accommodation and restaurant bookings. The MotoGP attracted around 100,000 visitors and provided an important financial boost to Phillip Island businesses outside of the busy school holidays and accounted for up to 10 per cent of some businesses’ turnover every year.

Visitor expenditure in general, including the MotoGP, contributed $549 million to the Bass Coast region with an equivalent of 4400 full-time jobs before the pandemic.

Bass Coast Shire has been working hard to entice more domestic visitors to our region to reduce our reliance on international travellers and find new ways to encourage people to stay longer and spend money in the community

One of those important events is the World Surf League Australian Qualifying Series which will return to Phillip Island on November 3-6.

The event will include a World Surf League Qualifying Series 1000 rated event for both men and women as well as the Victorian round of the Australian Boardriders Battle. The Victorian Indigenous Invitational will also continue the tradition at this event showcasing the best Indigenous Victorian surfers against each other in pumping waves.

Normal life is returning to Bass Coast.

Many Bass Coast residents have experienced the increased crowds and bustle created by the MotoGP, but have not experienced the thrills and action at the track for themselves. A community day will be held on Friday, 14 October, which provides free general admission tickets for Bass Coast residents. To receive a complimentary ticket, just present proof of residency at Gate 1 on the day. To avoid the queues, tickets can be picked up in advance from Gate 1 on Thursday, 13 October.

There are plenty of events happening across the weekend, including the Royal Australian Air Force conducting flying displays near the circuit over the weekend. For more information on these, as well as traffic management plans, visit www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/motogp.

Let’s hope on the Sunday of the big race we’ll be watching Jack Miller cement his hero status and celebrate with a burnout in pitlane before a customary shoey.