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Message from the Lord Mayor

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Excitement is building across the city for the return of the Newcastle 500 next month following a three-year, COVID-enforced hiatus.


As the much-anticipated season opener of the Supercars Australia Championship series, the event will deliver a range of benefits for Newcastle, boosting visitation, creating jobs and injecting more than $35 million into the local economy.

It will also bring widespread exposure for our city, helping to cement our claims as a major events destination on the world stage. The Newcastle 500 street circuit traces the city's stunning coastline as well as its working harbour, with these images embedded into the minds of tens of millions of motor racing fans around the world.

This year, three big days of racing start on Friday, 10 March, as the best of the best vie for a coveted podium finish. Music fans will also be treated to a weekend of epic performances inside the race precinct, with the massive lineup featuring everyone from Icehouse, Jon Stevens and the Screaming Jets to the Hilltop Hoods, Thelma Plum, San Cisco, Trials and Newcastle's own Trophy Eyes.

While the race precinct will be bursting with high-octane energy, there are plenty of ways to share in the excitement across the city centre with free community events across the weekend.

Fans can meet all 25 Newcastle 500 Supercars champions on Thursday 9 March, with a driver autograph signing session at

Gregson Park, Hamilton, while car enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice on Friday, Saturday and Sunday when Newy Car Club hosts a display of pristine vehicles at the Newcastle Museum Forecourt. Family-friendly fun will also be on offer at Civic Park across the weekend, with art and dance activities, live music performances, free face painting and an epic 27m long slide.

We invite everyone to enjoy Newcastle over this action-packed weekend. If you're a visitor to our beautiful city, why not venture further afield with a stroll on our stunning Bathers Way, a browse through our city centre retailers or a bite to eat or drink at one of the many café, bar and restaurant options on offer day and night. There's so much more to explore in Newcastle, and we look forward to sharing it with you all.


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