PLANNING for a second racing circuit on Mount Panorama is continuing, with Bathurst Regional Council collecting a raft of data to support the project.
Consultants have now been commissioned to complete the second stage of the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment (ACHA) for the second circuit project.
As the company has undertaken other studies on the Mount, Extent Heritage was chosen to conduct stage two, which is the Aboriginal test excavation.
This work will be carried out separately to other heritage studies conducted on Mount Panorama for projects such as the go kart track.
Extent Heritage’s quotation was accepted and Bathurst Regional Council has authorised the general manager, David Sherley, to spend up to $400,000.
The money is understood to be coming out of the funding already set aside for the development.
The second stage of the ACHA is the next step for the second circuit project, which had its designer appointed in July last year.
Apex Circuit Design, a UK-based company, was selected from the three tenders that were invited by council.
The tender offered by Apex Circuit Design provides all works as included in the specification and amounts to $3,703,000, with GST excluded.
The new circuit will be located to the western side of McPhillamy and Reid parks, and below the ridge where the existing clay target club is located.
It will have a capacity of 50,000 spectators, as well as be home to commercial and industrial infrastructure.
The entire project is expected to cost more than $50 million, with funding to come from council and the state and federal governments.
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