MEMORIES and tributes of Peter Brock that have been left by fans at Mount Panorama’s Skyline should be preserved forever, Bathurst Regional Councillor Jess Jennings says.
A $2 million pedestrian boardwalk around the inside of Mount Panorama was announced in April and he said Skyline should be a vital component of this.
The 1.7 kilometre boardwalk was announced as a commitment to pedestrian safety and plans are for it to be constructed in three sections between Griffins Bend and the Bathurst Light Car Club building, located at the top of Conrod Straight.
Cr Jennings described Skyline and the messages left by fans as “a living commemoration of Peter Brock”.
During Wednesday night’s policy committee meeting he asked if this section of road be included in the boardwalk.
“Could it be included in the planned walkway around the Mount?,” he asked his fellow councillors and directors of Bathurst Regional Council.
Cr Jennings said he often spots motorsport fans crouched down along Skyline writing messages of remembrance to the racing driver who died at 61 years old while competing in the Targa West rally in 2006.
He said the inclusion of Skyline in the boardwalk would give pedestrians a safer place to “make a statement” and show their support for the King of the Mountain.
However, Cr Jennings said he was aware that room for fans to write a message on this section of the track was at a premium.
He said it was important to preserve messages already left on the wall, while also ensuring there was room for new ones to be left.
“Once a year we take a photo and then it’s cleaned off,” Cr Jennings proposed.
This photographic record of Skyline would then be put on display at the National Motor Racing Museum near the entry to the Mount Panorama circuit.
This section of the circuit was already known as Brock’s Skyline before the racing legend died, and on Wednesday councillor Monica Morse said the “Peter Brock memorial wall was established after he died”.
She spoke in support Cr Jennings’ proposal for the messages left on the wall.
“We could have these [photographs] projected on the walls of the motor racing museum,” Cr Morse said.
The planned boardwalk will be on the inside of the track in the area owned by Crown Lands.
It will be built in areas that have been identified by council as the most dangerous areas for pedestrians to be walking the track.