Newcastle Supercars: Residents retain legal rights during race weekend

Race barriers in front of apartments in Shortland Esplanade.
Race barriers in front of apartments in Shortland Esplanade.

The state government’s gazetting of parts of Newcastle for the Supercars weekend does not give race organisers rights over residents’ private property, according to Destination NSW.

The Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Adam Marshall, has gazetted the circuit and parking areas at Carrington and Stockton for race-related activities under the Motor Racing (Sydney and Newcastle) Act 2008.

The Act says, in part, that the “rights or obligations of any other person in or in relation to the care, control, management and use of the land are suspended for the motor racing period” in favour of the race promoter.

But Destination NSW and a University of Newcastle law lecturer contacted by Fairfax Media said this applied to public land such as roads and parks and not privately held houses and businesses.

“Rights relating to private land and property remain with the owner unless otherwise agreed with Supercars Australia,” Destination NSW said in response to questions from the Newcastle Herald.