Supercars preparations rev up at Reid Park

Date published: 31 May 2019

Townsville City Council has begun work to prepare Reid Park for the Supercars race in July.

The Supercars will take to the streets at the Watpac Townsville 400 from 5 – 7 July.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said Council staff are making good progress during the initial works.

“This year’s preparations are a bit different to previous years due to the unprecedented monsoon,” Cr Hill said.

“The track itself wasn’t damaged but we have removed flood debris from turn 12 of the circuit.

“We’ve also had to repair an area where we lost soil on the Boundary Street causeway.”

Cr Hill said work crews are mending damaged asphalt in the precinct.

“The track itself is fine but we are removing old asphalt that has failed around the Civic Theatre,” Cr Hill said.

“We’ll remove the old lines and paint fresh line markings on the circuit next month.”

Staff are using bobcats to remove grass from some of the pedestrian walkways that lead from Boundary Street into the Civic Theatre.

Community and Cultural Development Committee Chair Cr Colleen Doyle said the works are the first step in the preparation process.

“It’s good to see some action at the site as the Watpac Townsville 400 is a massive event for North Queensland, it attracts motorsport fans to the city and provides a major boost to the economy,” Cr Doyle said.

“We’re entering a wonderful time of the year with great sporting and cultural events.”

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