BIG news week, eh?
It looks all but certain Tailem Bend Motorsport Park will one day host South Australia’s second V8 Supercar race. Mark Skaife thinks it will be within 10 years, and the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport hasn’t said otherwise. Both major political parties have promised to support a bid by Peregrine Corporation (which is purchasing the track from the Coorong council) to get a V8 race to Tailem.
The Liberals, in fairness, were first, promising to spend $200,000 to study the economic benefits of a Tailem Bend race.
Labor followed it up with a typically high-pizzazz announcement at the Clipsal 500 that it would give Peregrine Corp $7.5 million to chase its dream.
The prognosis looks good. Perhaps some extra motor racing dollars could beef up the existing ghost tourism industry.
Astonishingly, it was the same day that Queensland and New South Wales finally agreed to implement the Murray-Darling Basin Plan after six years of knuckle-dragging. Not only will the upstream states’ grudging agreement contribute to the ongoing health of our river system, it should – fingers crossed – mean the injection of millions of dollars into Murray Bridge’s and Meningie’s economies. Watch this space.
If plans are your thing, here are two more worth your attention: one for transport in the Murray Mallee, which (surprise) recommended better bus services; and another for health, which said people would be able to access hospitals more easily if the transport network were improved. Heck, one truckie says even the South Eastern Freeway could do with some safety improvements.
Being election time, though, you’re probably sick of plans, promises and the endless back-and-forth about who lied about what budget blow-out. These are the people you can vote for in our local seats. Let’s leave it at that for now.
So turn off the TV, take a walk, go and meet some people like Standard journalist Dani Brown did for this photo gallery from Karoonda. Pick up some rubbish. Get psyched about the footy (here’s our Meningie preview).
That way you’ll be all refreshed when our live election forum rolls around in a couple of weeks.
That’s what this reporter thinks, anyway.
V8s, ghost tourism and 27 Karoondans – Peri Strathearn’s summary of the week’s news in the Murraylands.
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