Supercars study reports $30m economic benefits from Newcastle 500

Michael Parris
By Michael Parris
October 18 2018 - 10:00am
DRAWCARD: Spectators in the race precinct at last year's Newcastle 500. A council-commissioned study says overnight visitors spent $191 each per day. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Last year’s Supercars weekend contributed about $30 million to the Newcastle economy, according to a Hunter Research Foundation Centre study commissioned by Newcastle City Council.


Michael Parris

Michael Parris


Michael Parris reports on politics for the Newcastle Herald. He started at the Herald in 1994 after working in the ABC Newcastle newsroom. Michael spent much of his career as a sub-editor before moving into political reporting in 2017. He was a finalist in the Sports Australia national media awards for his reporting about a male-only tennis club in Newcastle. He has reported on the 2019 NSW and federal elections, state and federal budgets and local politics. He has also written extensively about the COVID-19 pandemic with a special focus on data analysis and the effects of lockdowns on the Hunter community.