Crowd figure shoots up for 6 Hour event

GROWTH: Significantly more people visited Mount Panorama over the Easter long weekend than in 2016. Photo: PHIL BLATCH
GROWTH: Significantly more people visited Mount Panorama over the Easter long weekend than in 2016. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

THE three-day crowd figure recorded for the Bathurst 6 Hour meeting over the weekend has indicated the bright future ahead for the event.

Since Friday, 17,487 people visited Mount Panorama, up 8.2 per cent on last year’s crowd figure.

Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM said it was good to see such a substantial increase 12 months after the Bathurst 6 Hour was first held.

“It is going in the right direction,” he said.

“It is nearly a 10 per cent growth rate, so if it continues like that next year we could have 20,000 [people attend].”

Cr Hanger said the record-breaking field of 64 cars, the largest ever for an endurance event at Mount Panorama, likely contributed to the increased patronage. 

It is nearly a 10 per cent growth rate, so if it continues like that next year we could have 20,000.

Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM

It means good things for Bathurst in future in terms of tourism and the economy. 

When asked whether Bathurst Regional Council would add more events to the Easter long weekend to capitalise on the additional visitors to the city, Cr Hanger said it was a possibility. 

“The staff and various people will debrief next week and I’m sure they'll be looking at all the possible avenues [for expansion],” he said.