Benalla Auto Club

Ms SYMES (Northern Victoria) (10:06:00) — In my members statement today I would like to congratulate the Benalla Auto Club for another successful supercars event on the weekend. Labor has been a huge supporter of the auto club, which runs the Winton Motor Raceway.

Mr Gepp — Were you presenting the trophies?

Ms SYMES — I did present the trophies to the winners, Mr Gepp. For the fourth year in a row I have been there at the supercars. What was particularly great about this year’s event was that thanks to Labor’s funding they have secured the supercars for this year and next year, so they can plan for next year’s big event as well.

What really stood out was that 3000 people camp at Winton over the three‑day supercars competition, and obviously people are also staying in motels in Benalla, Wangaratta, small regional towns and Shepparton. About $9 million is expected to be the economic boost to the region because of the supercars.

In addition to that, the supercar teams gave the tick of approval to the track for its high‑grip surface, which means that they can push their cars to the limit, and that is a result of receiving $1 million a couple of years ago from our government to ensure the continued success of the event.

Ms Pulford — Some very good lobbying from the local member there, Ms Symes.

Ms SYMES — They are going from strength to strength, and I am happy to be a big supporter of the club. They do a lot for the region. I would like to congratulate Chris, Wayne, Barry and the team for their hard work out there.