$500,000 Princes Park Enhancement Project ushers in a new era for the Energy Breakthrough
The RACV Energy Breakthrough welcomes today’s announcement by Deputy Premier The Hon. James Merlino to provide a $366,666 contribution to the $500,000 Princes Park Enhancement project. The remaining funds will be provided from local contributions.
The project – a partnership between the Victorian State Government and the Central Goldfields Shire Council – will assist in the long-term viability of the RACV Energy Breakthrough program and ensure that it remains extremely popular amongst schools. These works will also leave a lasting resource for the local Maryborough community to enjoy all year round.
The Princes Park Enhancement Project aims to:
Beautify a section of the Maryborough parkland area with landscaping works, new play equipment and new BBQ facilities.
Extension of a recycled water system that supplies the community spaces, reducing reliance on portable water. This ensures continued access to the facility in times of drought.
Alleviate a traditional congestion point on the circuit for students participating in the Energy Breakthrough event, whilst offering some new challenge with the addition of a chicane.
Extend the circuit by 260 metres and allow for up to 40 new pit spaces, overlooking Lake Victoria. This is in addition to the existing 95 pit spaces.
Improve the camping surface and amenities for schools camping in this area during the event.
Although the final layout is yet to be approved, the new roadworks laid as part of this project will add a further 260 metres to the RACV Track, bringing the overall circuit length to 1.84 kilometres.
[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]“The RACV Energy Breakthrough event has been attracting visitors to the Central Goldfields region for 25 years. Our investment in these improvements for Princes Park will allow more teams and supporters to participate.” ~ James Merlino (Minister for Education)[/quote]
Stage 2 of 2
This announcement represents a commitment to Stage 2 of the extension of the RACV Track, which will facilitate new camping and pit areas for the Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEVs) teams during the Energy Breakthrough event.
Stage 1 was initiated in 2015 for safety reasons with the relocation of Energy Efficient Vehicles from the Holden Track onto the RACV Track, the creation of the Crameri Lane extension and a temporary EEV pit lane on Christian St.
For 2016, the Crameri Lane extension will be retained, but the 2015 temporary EEV pits will be relocated to the new section of the track.
The works are expected to be completed in time for this year’s event to be held in Maryborough on 17 – 20 November 2016.
[DRAFT] Princes Park Enhancement Project – Overall Layout (PDF)
Lachy probably never knew what he was in for when he first volunteered to help out on the Holden Stage at the 2009 RACV Energy Breakthrough. Whilst he participated in the Innovations in Technology category back in 2005, he has been on the 'other side of the fence' ever since and now manages the event's website, wifi network and Holden Stage. Away from the Energy Breakthrough, Lachy is heavily involved in the local Maryborough community across events, community radio and theatre and he was nominated for the for the Saward Dawson Community Service and Volunteering award in 2013.