Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, has secured funding for Winton Raceway and the Benalla Auto Club leading to the V8 Supercar Series jumping on board for the next two years.
Ms Symes said Minister for Tourism, and Major Events, John Eren, had approved $600,000 for the Benalla Auto Club.
“I’ve worked very closely with Benalla Auto Club to secure the Regional Events funding and I am pleased that V8 Supercars have confirmed they need our fantastic country raceway to promote their sport,” Ms Symes said.
“Labor is right behind Benalla Auto Club having previously upgraded the track and assisted with improvements at the 20-17 event.
“Benalla Auto Club CEO Chris Lewis-Williams has some exciting plans for next year’s event to showcase what is fantastic about North East Victoria giving race fans a new experience.
“Events at Winton are not only fantastic for racegoers, but bring in millions of important tourism dollars for the North East region.
“The Labor Government assisted the Benalla Auto Club with funding of $1million to resurface their track in 2015 and I am very pleased through my advocacy that additional tourism funding has been secured.
“North East Victoria has something for everyone including motoring enthusiasts, food and wine buffs, arts and culture lovers, and outdoor adventurers.”
Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Tourism and Major Events Luke Donnellan
“Benalla Auto Club does a wonderful job and Winton Raceway is a great facility so we’re proud to be supporting both.”
“Winton Raceway is a great way to showcase regional Victoria, and we look forward to seeing the V8 Supercars race around the track for many years to come.”