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Chief Minister Andrew Barr has revealed that there have been discussions about the possibility of a full-scale powersports facility outside ACT’s borders as he appeared to give Summernats the green light. As big events begin to return to the fairgrounds, the ACT government is considering the future of COVID-19 testing at the site, but it is not clear whether the drive-thru test site will still be functioning when Summernats is held at the early next year. Mr Barr practically confirmed that Summernats will go ahead next year and that the event will be similar to how it has played out in previous years, albeit with various COVID security measures in place. “There have been a number of discussions in various forms during the pandemic regarding likely public health directions at the time of the event,” he said during a hearing on the budget estimates. “Now looking at the vaccination rates and travel freedoms that will be in place ahead of next year’s event, they will have to submit a COVID-safe plan.” It would be executed at the fairgrounds, reasonably close to how which it has worked with in the past but with a range of agreed-upon COVID security protocols. test center is there. An ACT government spokeswoman did not say whether a test site would continue to operate during the Summernats auto festival, but said the government would explore options for testing the capacity in the weeks and months to come. would be a permanent test site option, and EPIC will be required to host major events in 2022, ”the spokesperson said. “The need for mass testing facilities as part of our ongoing public health response will evolve, particularly as the use of rapid antigen testing increases. It has been a testing site since March 2020 and is ACT’s most popular site for people to take a COVID-19 test. Summernats organizers have already signaled their intention to host the event next year, which normally takes place over four days in early January. The event was canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was originally planned to move to Sydney, but the March event was canceled by organizers due to COVID outbreaks and uncertainty around the borders. A commissioned economic impact study found that Summernats would bring about $ 30 million to ACT by early 2022, with the majority of the money coming from the highway. Organizers say the festival normally attracts around 100,000 people. When asked if the ACT government would consider building a large-scale powersports facility specifically designed to host events such as Summernats, Barr said it would not be built on the territory. MORE ACT POLICY NEWS: However, he said there had been discussions about whether such a facility could be built across the border into New South Wales. “I think there are discussions with the NSW government on the NSW side that are reasonably close to ACT, but I don’t think there’s a block of available land that would be suitable… to be physically located within the territory. ” Mr Barr said discussions about a large-scale motorsport facility in neighboring NSW had not been detailed, but he indicated that former Deputy Prime Minister John Barilaro was interested in the possibility of a settling in the electorate of Monaro State NSW. However, the chief minister downplayed any concerns about whether ACT would lose any economic benefit if a facility was built outside the territory. “I don’t believe we will, Canberra would still be the main economy, the main hub for accommodation and there is no indication that Summernats, for example, would move away from the fairgrounds,” Barr said. . Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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