THERE will be no driver parade down William Street, no meet-the-fans autograph session in Russell Street and no Legends Dinner with past Bathurst champions, but Bathurst Regional Council has still released a calendar of off-track events for this year's Bathurst 1000.
The NSW Government last week signed off on a COVID-safe plan for next month's Great Race that restricts crowd numbers to just 4000 at the Mount Panorama circuit each day and bans all public camping.
The restrictions will mean much smaller crowds than usual in Bathurst for Race Week but council will run a series of activities - including a scavenger hunt, colouring-in competition and window displays to engage local residents and businesses.
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Mayor Bobby Bourke said while the off-track events would be very different to previous years, council could implement activities in a safe way to support the local economy over Race Week.
"We can still celebrate Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 and we have some activities planned that will add to the excitement and support our local businesses at the same time," he said.
"We are asking our local businesses to become involved as well by encouraging them to host race week-themed events or creating a window display."
VERTO chief executive officer Ron Maxwell said the organisation was proud to be sponsoring the Bathurst 1000 scavenger hunt, running from September 25 to October 18.
It will involve a series of tasks set by council and featuring the region's iconic museums, parks and gardens, villages and historic buildings.
Participants - competing either as individuals or in a team - will collect points for each completed task to compete for prizes including Laser Tag, cafe vouchers, movie tickets and Buy Local gift cards.
"VERTO has been an important part of the Bathurst community for more than three decades so we are thrilled to team with Bathurst Regional Council to provide our local community with a fun, but safe event these school holidays.
"VERTO understands that these holidays will look a lot different because of COVID-19 restrictions, but we hope that the scavenger hunt can provide lots of fun and laughter for people of all ages."
For more information on this year's off-track events, go to www.bathurst.nsw.gov.au.
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