RACE fans staying in town and camping on Mount Panorama for this year's Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 will be urged to respect the region's worsening water crisis.
Extreme Level 4-5 water restrictions will be introduced across the Bathurst region on Monday, October 14 - the day after this year's Great Race.
The race will see the city's population swell by around 60,000 people over the weekend, with many of them planning to stay for the full four days of the carnival.
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Councillor Jess Jennings raised the issue of educating race fans at last week's Bathurst Regional Council meeting and was assured by engineering services director Darren Sturgiss that plans were already in place.
"We will actually provide through Supercars, the event owner, information to provide to campers and other participants on the site, in addition to signage in our shower blocks, that we are on Level 4 restrictions - or will be very close to it - and there's a significant need to conserve as much water as possible," Mr Sturgiss said.
Mr Sturgiss said the water crisis would also impact the way council staff prepared the Mount Panorama circuit ahead of the race.
"Our track preparation in terms of what we have traditionally done with watering the verges of the track, that will certainly cease for this year's race, except what is required for a CAMS permit [to run the race]," he said.
Camping tickets for this year's Bathurst 1000 went on sale on June 24 and have again proved very popular.
Seventeen of the 20 campgrounds have already sold out, with places still available in only The Orchard (Campgrounds B and C) and Chase Campground D.