Go-kart track development

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Council approved the development of a go-kart track in September 2015, and approved the modification of the original DA to develop an international standard go kart track in December 2018. The approved track would be the first international length track in NSW and would be 1100 metres in length with pit lane, carpark and paddock area.

It is proposed to build the track at the southern extent of McPhillamy Park.

A range of frequently asked questions about the project have been answered in our FAQ section. The reports that went to Council in September 2015, December 2018 and March 2019 along with other documents can be accessed in the document library.

If you have further questions you can email us at council@bathurst.nsw.gov.au

Council approved the development of a go-kart track in September 2015, and approved the modification of the original DA to develop an international standard go kart track in December 2018. The approved track would be the first international length track in NSW and would be 1100 metres in length with pit lane, carpark and paddock area.

It is proposed to build the track at the southern extent of McPhillamy Park.

A range of frequently asked questions about the project have been answered in our FAQ section. The reports that went to Council in September 2015, December 2018 and March 2019 along with other documents can be accessed in the document library.

If you have further questions you can email us at council@bathurst.nsw.gov.au

  • Statement from General Manager David Sherley re Section 10 Declaration

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    3 May 2021

    Council has received a copy of the Minister’s decision in relation to a Section 10 being placed on the area identified as being for the Go-Kart track project on Mount Panorama-Wahluu.

    Council is seeking advice to investigate the full ramifications of the Section 10. While Council is disappointed in the decision, we will abide by that ruling at this time.

    Council notes that neither our own commissioned reports or the Minister’s commissioned report indicated that a Section 10 should be placed on the site.

    A copy of the declaration can be downloaded from the Document Library.

  • Mount Panorama-Wahluu Section 9 declaration extension

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    31 March 2021

    MEDIA STATEMENT

    Council has been made aware that Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley has extended the emergency Section 9 declaration for an additional 30 days on the proposed site of the go-kart track on Mount Panorama-Wahluu.

    Council has not yet had formal advice from the Minister regarding this decision.

    An announcement on the Minister’s website advises that the declaration has been extended for another 30 days and that it is the Minister’s intention to consult further on a potential Section 10 declaration.

    Mayor Cr Bobby Bourke said he looked forward to being able to discuss the matter further with the Minister and Council will continue to abide by the conditions of the current Section 9 declaration.

    "We look forward to being able to further present Council’s case to the Minister regarding the work that has been undertaken prior to the approval of the go-kart track.

    "The Minister has given an undertaking that her determination will be made before 4 May, and we thank the Minister for being very clear about her timeline for this process.”

  • Go-Kart track meeting with Minister

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    MEDIA STATEMENT 12 March 2021

    Mayor of Bathurst Cr Bobby Bourke has thanked Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley for the opportunity for Councillors and Council staff to meet with her during her visit to Bathurst, and Mount Panorama-Wahluu today.


    “Council was able to spend time with the Minister this morning presenting Council’s position in relation to the Section 9 declaration and the Section 10 application that are currently before the Minister and her Department.


    “Council spoke about the processes it has gone through in consideration of the go kart track project. Council also raised with the Minister that the Section 9 declaration takes in an area much larger than the Go-Kart track construction site and what this potentially could mean for ongoing and future activities in the Mount Panorama precinct, including motor sports and other events."


    “We again gave our undertaking to the Minister that Council will abide by the conditions of the Section 9 declaration and we will now let the Minister consider all of the information she has gathered during her visit to the city and wait for her decision in regards to this matter.”


    A map showing the areas covered by the Section 9 and Section 10 is included in the Document Library

  • Statement from Bathurst Regional Council General Manager David Sherley

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    5 March 2021

    Re: Development of the Go-Kart Track at Mount Panorama-Wahluu

    Council has received correspondence from the Hon Sussan Ley MP, Minister for the Environment advising that she has granted an emergency declaration under Section 9 of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984 (Cth) (ATSIHP Act), for a period of 30 days.

    The declaration covers the area identified for the development of the Go-Kart Track at Mount Panorama-Wahluu.

    The emergency declaration put a stay on the commencement of works on the project for 30 days. Accordingly, Council will not be commencing works on site on Monday 8 March.

    In addition, following a hearing in the NSW Supreme Court today, Council has been issued with a cease work order for works associated with the go-kart track.

    This legal action is being pursued by King & Wood Malleson, acting on behalf of the Wiradyuri Traditional Owners Central West Aboriginal Corporation.

    Council has agreed to this cease work order.

    Council continues to consider its options in regards to these two matters.

    David Sherley
    General Manager