The State's Opposition must today confirm it supports the Clipsal 500 Adelaide.
For years, the Liberals have made a series of erroneous complaints about the event which pumped $65 million into the State's visitor economy last year and created 440 jobs.
Acting Tourism Minister Susan Close has called on the Opposition’s Rachel Sanderson and David Ridgway to declare their support for the event.
Yesterday Ms Sanderson made a series of negative claims about the much-loved event regarding its use of Victoria Park.
The 2016 Clipsal 500 Adelaide continues to be the most successful supercar race in Australia.
Last year’s event also resulted in 72,234 visitor bed nights – one of the highest on record – and helped the State reach our record breaking $6.2 billion visitor economy.
Quotes attributable to Acting Tourism Minister Susan Close:
It is clear that the local MP Ms Sanderson does not want the Clipsal 500 to take place in Victoria Park, which throws into doubt the future of the race under a Liberal Government.
Thousands of South Australians would be absolutely shattered if the Clipsal 500 Adelaide did not go ahead and I am calling on Mr Ridgway and Ms Sanderson to declare their support for this iconic event in its current form.
This year’s race injected more than $65 million into our economy and the national and international exposure the event generates for our State is also huge.
It’s a very sad state of affairs when every positive major event, new build, community event, initiative or program is talked down by the State’s Opposition.
The State Government is committed to growing the visitor economy and creating jobs. The Liberals are committed to repeatedly talking down South Australia.
Quotes attributable to Australian Hotels Association CEO: Ian Horne:
After all these years, the Clipsal remains the single most important event on the South Australian calendar that fills the major hotels and accommodation providers. The State Government’s major events calendar keeps growing and growing which is brilliant news for the hotel industry.