Phillip Island,

Community Focus At MotoGP


If you live in Bass Coast and haven’t attended the MotoGP on Phillip Island before, this year may be your chance!

Renamed the ‘You Are My Sunshine Foundation (YAMS) Community Day’, all Shire residents will receive free General Admission to the MotoGP on Friday, 18 October.

Residents can present their driver’s license or photo ID plus proof of residence at the ticket booths at Gates 1, 3 or 7 in order to redeem one adult General Admission ticket and free entry for up to four children.  Patrons will be encouraged to make a gold coin donation upon entry.

Council’s Special Events Coordinator, Frank Angarane, said the community were already getting into the spirit of the MotoGP just two weeks out from the big event.

“The community are beginning to get involved, with many businesses and residents taking up the offer of free starter kits for the ‘Get Dressed’ promotion,” Mr Angarane said.

“Local primary schools are also again on board producing their own hand wavers to welcome the riders and visitors to Bass Coast for the GP. They will be out in force to welcome the Barry Sheene Ride on Thursday, October 17 and the Cranbourne GP run on Saturday, 19 October.”

Mr Angarane said for those who aren’t a fan of racing, there will still be plenty to do during the GP.

“Cowes will host family friendly activities throughout the whole weekend, beginning on Friday afternoon. The activities are to help welcome and entertain the thousands of visitors for the event and give the community the opportunity to also be involved,” Mr Angarane said, adding all entertainment will be free and suitable for all ages.

“Existing businesses have been encouraged to extend onto the street to help create a festival zone and motorcycles will be given priority access to parking space and we hope to once again turn Thompson Ave and the Esplanade into a motorcycle precinct.”

Mr Angarane said traffic management plans are still being finalised and they will reflect the expected crowd numbers and the possibility of reduced parking at the GP circuit and adjacent car parks.

“The condition of roads is constantly being monitored. There is a commitment from VicRoads and Council that they will be in the best condition possible given the existing very wet conditions,” Mr Angarane said.

“Improvement works are proposed through construction zones on the Bass Highway and Phillip Island Road to extend the Blue line operation as far as possible. We’ll be updating residents about traffic management and entertainment closer to the event.”

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