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Bathurst 1000 ticketing and camp restrictions will have a “massive” financial impact on local businesses

This year will be a very different type of Bathurst 1000, and due to coronavirus restrictions, only 4,000 tickets will be offered per day.

A great race carnival usually begins a few days before Sunday’s climax of the 1,000km endurance race.

Event organizer supercars usually sell 50,000 tickets a day to see the action unfold at Mount Panorama-Walu.

This limit means that the number of visitors to the town will drop dramatically, which could have a “quite large” blow to businesses, including Oxford Hotel.

He said school vacations, especially weekend warriors from Sydney, brought a welcome infusion of cash into the town during the pandemic, but that did not make up for the influx of race fans.

“Traditionally, it’s the week that we pick us up after a cold, late winter,” he said.

“Traditionally winter is our quietest time, it is the quietest time for everyone, and then it awakens us and prepares for summer.”

Ash Lions say Race Week is generally the peak of his hotel year-round.(((ABC Central West: Molly Gorman)

Lions said he registered staff as quickly as on school vacation, but didn’t know what to expect.

“There is no icing on the cake”

Camping is an important part of the Bathurst experience, with thousands of people flooding the Mount Panorama campground a few days after the race begins.

However, this year there were no mountain camps due to COVID-19 restrictions and ticket owners were told to look for accommodation in town instead.

A field kangaroo with a mount panorama sign in the background.
Bathurst is within a few hours drive from Sydney and brings many tourists to the area despite the pandemic.(((ABC Open: Tim Bergen)

Elaine Hamer has farm stays in Perthville, 7 km from the truck or 2 km to fly crows.

She usually said that up to 150 campers stayed in her paddock. This year she expected not to exceed 20.

“V8 weekends are usually weekends with a little icing on the cake when it comes to business,” she said.

“Sure, that will affect my overall annual income.”

A woman in a blue shirt and wide-brimmed hat holds a lamb and a jar next to a pen along with three other orphan lambs.
Elaine Hamer has been providing camps to Bathurst 1000 fans for 12 years.(((ABC Central West: Molly Gorman)

Some of her patrons, including guards and members of the race team, are still camping.

She said it helped ease the pain of refunding thousands of dollars to other campers.

“Usually I don’t think about anything other than maintaining amenities, getting trash in and out, checking in people, and checking people while driving,” Hummer said.

Missing soccer club

The Bathurst City Red Tops Soccer Club operates a canteen at the top of Mount Panorama, feeding hungry campers a sausage sizzle.

There will be no spectators this year.

Fiona Prosser said the club would miss thousands of dollars in funding.

“It helps families who are financially disadvantaged or have problems with domestic violence,” she said.

“It also helps with all kinds of uniforms needed … all kinds of equipment, balls and cones.”

A woman with a green space stands behind her.
Fiona Prosser’s football club is raising money in the canteen at the top of Mount Panorama, but this year no spectators or campers are allowed.(((ABC Central West: Molly Gorman)

Prosser said some of the campers who couldn’t compete in this year’s race created social media campaigns to ensure that the money they normally spend on steak sandwiches still finds a way to the club.

And while the Bathurst 1000 is still on the decline, other events on the track that the cafeteria corresponds to have been cancelled.

“If we keep going, we’ll be fighting a bit because we’re a self-funded soccer club,” Prosser said.

Isaac Bernardi, general manager of Bathurst IGA, said he had no idea what the impact would be on supermarket sales.

He said boosts on items such as alcohol, snacks, finger foods and chairs in particular have virtually doubled over regular weekends.

“This is a surge in income that the town is looking forward to. If we can’t get the number of people attended like in the previous year, it would be terribly overlooked,” Bernardi said. I got it.

“It’s not just the Bathurst 1000. We’re active in many towns and there are a lot of canceled events.

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