Construction of new Sydney International Speedway passes halfway point
Construction on the new Sydney International Speedway at Eastern Creek has passed the halfway point and is due for completion in September this year.
The new multimillion-dollar facility will replace the existing speedway at Clyde, which must make way for the Sydney Metro West project.
Once complete, it’ll feature a 4750-seat grandstand with corporate facilities, workshops and garages as well as trackside pits and spectator facilities, including terraced seating for as many as 7000 fans.
NSW Minister for Sport Natalie Ward and Minister for Transport Andrew Constance inspected construction at the site on Monday.
“This is an exciting and revolutionary addition to motorsport in Sydney which will bring in interstate and overseas competitors, crews and spectators, delivering a boost to our economy,” Mrs Ward said.
“Motorsport fans can look forward to more world-class motor racing in Western Sydney with the new speedway on track to be operational for the 2021 racing season.”
Mr Constance said the project was a win for the sport and for the local economy.
“The project is boosting investment with more than 325 workers onsite, 60 per cent of who are local to Greater Western Sydney. The project is also using the services of 58 local small to medium businesses, further spreading the benefits.”
Construction began in December last year and has included the excavation of 1 million tonnes of soil and rock, constructing a 500m long reinforced retaining wall, work on the construction of a 1,200,000-litre storm water retention tank, and construction of a new dedicated car park for speedway competitors and an additional car park for dragway events.
The speedway circuit is also taking shape, while the grandstand, seating and corporate boxes will all be installed in the coming months.
Mrs Ward said investment in the new speedway comes on top of a $33 million upgrade of the Sydney Motorsport Precinct which will enable the site to host some of the biggest motor racing events in Australia and provide a tourism and economic shot in the arm for Western Sydney.
“This is the first time in more than 20 years a five-star speedway has been built in Australia with the last one being Perth Motorplex, which opened in 2000,” Mrs Ward said.
Greater Sydney Parklands is finalising the tender process to appoint the operator of the new speedway to prepare for the upcoming racing season.
The new speedway is expected to be operational by the start of the Speedway season in late September, following the decommissioning of the previous speedway at Clyde, which was on land required to stable new metro trains for the Sydney Metro West project.