Blacktown City Council is very pleased to announce its continued collaboration with the Australian Racing Drivers’ Club and their development of a multifaceted multi-stakeholder Innovation, Technology, Racing, Education and Advanced Manufacturing precinct at its Sydney Motorsport Park Eastern Creek headquarters. Headlining the precinct will be the high-profile Motorsport Australia Centre of Excellence.
The Australian Racing Drivers’ Club (ARDC) has managed and operated Sydney Motorsport Park since 1996. Over the past decade, the ARDC’s venue masterplan has driven a $45 million capital investment programme with valuable co-investment by the NSW Government. This has provided significant improvements to key infrastructure, the physical racing circuit and allowed for a landmark permanent circuit lighting project to proceed this year.
The new precinct will be home to variety of motorsport organisations and associations, race teams, auto manufacturers, educators and industry innovators. The ARDC’s plan is to capitalise on learnings from the UK’s Silverstone Circuit and adjoining University Technical College and Silverstone Innovation Precinct. A key learning from Silverstone was that a place-based model takes full advantage of utilising clusters of like-minded businesses, facilities and educational facilities to accelerate innovation.
Blacktown City Council is also helping the ARDC engage with the tertiary education sector in forming an educational/technical component to the precinct. Council is also facilitating links with NSW and Australian Government agencies to raise the profile of advanced manufacturing opportunities at the Park.
The ARDC envisions Sydney Motorsport Park acting as a bookend with the western Sydney Aerotropolis, forming a major logistics and technology corridor, between these two centres.
Blacktown City Council looks forward to building off the successful 2019 Advanced Manufacturing Symposium and co-hosting with the ARDC future technology events at the Park in the year ahead.