Newcastle council-funded Supercars study under fire for 'ignoring' costs

Michael Parris
By Michael Parris
Updated October 24 2018 - 4:59am, first published October 22 2018 - 6:30pm
DIVIDED ROAD: Race cars turn from Scott Street into Parnell Place during last year's Supercars weekend. An assessment of the costs and benefits of the race has highlighted fault lines in the city.

Greens councillor John Mackenzie has slammed a Newcastle City Council-commissioned analysis of last year’s Supercars weekend as a “cynical PR exercise” that ignores the race’s key costs.

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Michael Parris

Michael Parris

Journalist

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.

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