At the Queensland Parliament Building in Brisbane, MPs and representatives of motorsport gathered for the opening of the “Parliamentary Friends of Motorsport” campaign.
Both sides of the political spectrum gathered to hear MP Bart Mellish and MP Steve Minikin on the reasons behind the groups, while Motorsport Australia CEO Eugene Arocca also addressed the crowd.
“It’s a huge industry…everyone knows about the tourism boost that the Gold Coast 500, Townsville 500 and others bring,” said Mellish, an Aspley member.
“But it’s the direct and indirect jobs, the high-level ‘smart’ jobs in the motorsport sector and the level of engineering it brings.”
Queensland has a large presence in Australian motorsport, such as Queensland Raceway and Morgan Park, as well as two Supercars street circuits in Townsville and the Gold Coast.
With many of the events taking place in regional areas such as Gympie, St George’s, Mount Cotton and Leyburn, all of which receive a vital economic boost from motorsport, it was important for the relationship between the two organizations to develop, given the challenges , which occur on some tracks. face in other states face like Wakefield Park in New South Wales.
Government officials included Dick Johnson, Roland Dane and Declan Fraser, who shared the Bathurst 1000 Supercheap Auto wildcard with him. As well as representatives from the Queensland Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport, Queensland Raceway, Shannons Insurance, Dick Johnson Racing, Triple 8 Race Engineering, Karting Australia, Norwell Motorplex, Super Retail Group and Supercheap Auto.
Arocca spoke briefly about the need for motorsport and the government to find common ground for Queenslanders to protect its foundations.
“A big thank you to all the Members of Parliament, media, commercial partners and motorsport participants who attended the launch of the Queensland Parliamentary Friends of Motorsport,” Arocco said.
“Motorsport is hugely popular in Queensland and in addition to the many events held at venues such as Queensland Raceway and Morgan Park, the state also hosts rallies and national off-road championships.
“Creating this group of motorsport-friendly parliamentarians will give us an opportunity to highlight and discuss how important sport is to Queenslanders.
“This initiative is the result of discussions between our President Andrew Fraser and MPs Bart Mellish and Steve Minnikin, who have been passionate about creating a group of motorsport-loving parliamentarians who will hopefully help us continue to grow motorsport in Queensland.”
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