Council Rolls out Black Carpet for Aussie Talent

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The Townsville City Council (TCC) is preparing to play host to a convoy of Australian talent at this year’s V8 Supercars races.

Andrew Sands

With Aussie rockers ICEHOUSE and Choirboys lighting up the stage at this year’s Castrol Edge Townsville 400, preparations are well underway to showcase Townsville’s biggest sporting event from July 8 – 10.

ICEHOUSE has sold over three million albums locally and nine million worldwide and is returning to North Queensland after more than twenty years.

The Choirboys will “Run to Paradise” to perform some of their greatest hits from their multi-platinum albums at Reid Park.

With so much happening and a huge number of expected visitors to the city, the council has focused its attention on the aesthetics of the venue and it’s surrounds with a ‘by-whatever-costs-necessary’ attitude to get the job done.

Simon Nash, a Maintenance Engineer with the TCC, says there is no set budget allocated to the event.

“It’s one of those situations where we fund it to what’s required every year,” he said.

“It’s obviously the highest priority to make sure it’s in good condition and that people can enjoy it.”

Preparations this year include a great deal of vegetation management to improve the visual appearance of the track, line marking, the removal of burnt rubber off the track surface, changes to signage and “significant” track repairs.

Concrete infills behind turns 5 – 8 are also being laid to accommodate the corner-cutting ways of the new Stadium Super Trucks set to make their debut on the Townsville track this year.

Last year, 152, 873 race fans were recorded making their way through the track over the weekend.

The event is estimated to generate more than 20 million dollars for the city over the weekend, a staggering amount that will positively contribute to the local economy.

“It’s more about bringing the money into the community more than anything,” Mr. Nash said.