Adelaide City Councilman Greg Mackie is allegedly supporting a group of residents who would like to see the unused portion of the old Adelaide circuit eliminated.
According to Mackie, the asphalt transforms Victoria Park into an “urban heat island” in the summer months, and therefore he would like to implement a new management plan for the area that could have more value for the community.
Victoria Park hosts the permanent section of the circuit, the one of about 1,200 meters that houses the box building and connects to the city part. Adelaide City Council will hear Mackie’s motion tomorrow night.
“I am asking the administration to prepare a report leading to a new landscaping solution now that the horse and car racing are over,” Mackie told the Adelaide Advertiser.
“A new landscaping plan does not necessarily have to involve the removal of all asphalted surfaces, but I hope a reduction can be achieved in the end.”
The Adelaide circuit hosted Formula 1 from 1985 to 1995, before its place was taken by Melbourne. Since 1999 it has also hosted the Adelaide 500 of the Supercars. Event that ran until 2020, before being canceled by the South Australian government last October.
Opposition leader Peter Malinauskas, however, has already signed an agreement with Supercars so that the event can resume next year if he is elected next March.
However, that plan has already been complicated by the sale of the circuit’s infrastructure and would be further hampered if this plant removal plan were implemented.
Malinauskas himself spoke of Mackie’s plan in an interview granted today to FiveAA Adelaide radio.
“What Greg has in mind are weird ideas to remove Victoria Park’s biggest attraction,” Malinauskas said.
“I’ve made a commitment and signed an agreement with Supercars, so if Labor wins the next state elections, we’ll bring the race back here.”
“I’m not doing it because I’m a motorsport fan, I’m doing it because I think about the jobs it generates and because we want our city to come back to life after COVID.”
“We will bring it back here if we win, so we hope that the track can remain in the short term for this reason as well.”
“I take my kids to bike training there. I’m teaching my son to go there and that’s the best place in Adelaide to do it. There are some clubs that depend on being able to walk that stretch.”
“I think Greg needs to spend a Saturday morning in Victoria Park and see how this facility is being used by the people before he starts destroying it.”
“I don’t understand why people are so obsessed with transforming Victoria Park into an area that would no longer be enjoyable by the citizens.”
“I mean, it’s in an amazing location. It’s an amazing part of our park. We should try to get people to use it, rather than the other way around.”