Greens councillor wants Newcastle council to withdraw support for V8s

Newcastle Greens Councillor Therese Doyle. PICTURE: Darren Pateman

Newcastle Greens Councillor Therese Doyle. PICTURE: Darren Pateman

GREENS councillor Therese Doyle will move a notice of motion calling for the council to rescind its support for the Newcastle Supercars race at next week’s meeting.

Citing the lack of a business case to support holding the event, and safety concerns following recent collisions in the sport, Cr Doyle will call for the council to withdraw its support.

Cr Doyle cited two recent crashes, including a 12-car pileup at a race in Tasmania earlier this month that saw one driver taken to hospital.

The other involved brake failure at the Albert Park street race in Melbourne. No bystanders were injured in either incident.

“If such an accident were to occur in the residential streets of east Newcastle, the results could be catastrophic,” Cr Doyle wrote in her notice of motion. 

“The community has raised issues related to safety, serious mental and physical human health consequences and the dismissal of basic resident rights associated with this event.

“Two recent accidents involving Supercars indicate that the race should not take place in residential streets where there are young children … and cars running three metres from people’s front doors.” 

Supercars declined to comment.

The council has become increasingly critical of the planning of the race, with the Newcastle Herald reporting in March that Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes had written to the tourism minister to express “concerns regarding DNSW as the event organisers”.

The Herald also revealed that the two bodies have yet to sign a memorandum of understanding that was part of the council’s support for the race.

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