THERE'S the good old ABBA song: "The winner takes it all. The loser has to fall. It's simple and it's plain. Why should I complain?"
I'm afraid I can't resist complaining, so please hear me out. It's about this go-kart track on the top of Mount Panorama.
Last week, Bathurst councillors voted against a motion to move the proposed track into the planned second race track complex on the other side of the mountain.
This effectively re-confirmed plans to take over McPhillamy Park for a large, "world class" facility dedicated to go-kart racing.
No matter how you slice or dice it, this represents the privatisation of public land.
Land that was multipurpose beforehand - open to dog-walking, camping, burning the odd mattress during Race Week, sprinkling Dad's ashes, eating lunch in the car while looking out at the view, birdwatching, Aboriginal business since time immemorial - will now have just one purpose.
Yes, the DA has been approved, but that doesn't make it right.
The top of the mountain, the high point in this landscape for millions of years, is being handed over to a single group for a single purpose.
The track will be built by Bathurst Regional Council, using ratepayer funds, for the benefit of a single group that will be allowed to fence it off and charge money at the gate.
That purpose will threaten a precious scrap of remaining grassy box woodland, home for microbats and dusky wood swallows and countless other plants and animals.
But isn't Bathurst synonymous with car racing? Isn't Mount Panorama already so given over to this purpose that you may as well hand over the whole thing?
Train kids at the top of the mountain who will then make their debut on the famous track when they grow up?
We're back to this discussion about whether the winner should take all.
You have a giant world-class race track on one side of the mountain.
You are about to get a giant world-class race track on the other side of it.
Must you take the top of the mountain as well?
It is simply not fair, and it does not allow for the fact that Bathurst is a diverse place and that its residents - human, plant, animal - have diverse needs and desires.
The top of Mount Panorama/Wahluu, like the Macquarie/Wambool River, belongs to all who live here.
It may be simple and plain, but I, for one, will continue to complain.