Bike race in jeopardy over Linfox dispute

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by Biggus La Great., Mar 14, 2006.

  1. Bike race in jeopardy over Linfox dispute

    By Cameron Houston
    March 11, 2006

    The future of the Phillip Island MotoGP is in doubt following a
    dispute between racetrack owner Lindsay Fox and the State Government
    over who should pay for improvements at the circuit.

    The contract to host the international event expires this year and
    Linfox Property Group has refused to renew the contract with the
    Australian Grand Prix Corporation.

    Linfox Property Group has pressured the State Government to finance
    projects, including resurfacing the track and extending existing
    garage facilities, before it extends the contract with race organisers
    until 2011.

    The event already costs Victorian taxpayers $7 million annually. A bid
    for Federal Government funding was rejected last year.

    Linfox has also lobbied the Department of Sustainability and
    Environment to support the rezoning of the 370-hectare site from rural
    to special use, which would enable it to build a hotel, 506 holiday
    suites and a golf course designed by Greg Norman. It already has a
    permit for a 160-room hotel on the site.

    A planning dispute looms after the Bass Coast Shire Council recently
    asked Planning Minister Rob Hulls to rezone the land for farming,
    which would prevent parking and camping on the site during events.

    Linfox Property Group general manager Andrew Nicholls said the Phillip
    Island circuit had slipped behind international standards and was in
    urgent need of an upgrade.

    A Department of Tourism spokeswoman said negotiations continued and
    keeping the event at Phillip Island was paramount.

    Bass Coast councillor and Phillip Island resident Kelly Simrajh said a
    request for a walking path along the property's cliff-tops had been
    rejected by Linfox Property Group.
    Biggus La Great., Mar 14, 2006
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  2. I hear the Supers will be at Eastern Creek next year!
    Pisshead Pete, Mar 14, 2006
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  3. Biggus La Great.

    Nev.. Guest

    but don't tell Clem, OK

    '04 CBR1100XX
    Nev.., Mar 14, 2006
  4. Biggus La Great.

    corks Guest

    i wonder how long it would be , before fox started screwing things around

    who wants to take bets PI gets shuut down and turned into another gold coast
    corks, Mar 15, 2006
  5. i wonder how long it would be , before fox started screwing things around
    Took longer than I thought.

    I refuse to bet on such a certain thing.
    Biggus La Great., Mar 15, 2006

  6. I believe Catalina Park is available that weekend...

    Postman Pat
    Pat Heslewood, Mar 17, 2006
  7. Biggus La Great.

    Richard Guest

    It would have to be WARM for that to occur :)

    They should leave the rezoning alone because all that will happen is that
    any future development in the area will complain about the noise at the
    track and bingo... track replace with a house farm.
    Richard, Mar 22, 2006
  8. Now you see the plan dude.. this is the idea all along. Why do you
    think he bought the place? Cause of the weather?
    Biggus La Great., Mar 22, 2006
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