Police have launched a high visibility operation in the state’s central tablelands as racing enthusiasts prepare for the 2021 Supercars championship season opener

The first round of the Repco Supercars Championship begins today (Friday, 26 February 2021) on Mount Panorama in Bathurst The event consists of three days of supercars and support races, followed by two days of private driving

The Western Region Commander, Deputy Commissioner Peter McKenna, was accompanied by Shane Howard, Chief Operating Officer of Supercars Australia, and Bathurst Mayor, Councilor Bobby Bourke, to officially launch Operation Bathurst 500

Traditionally, events of this type in Bathurst have attracted a large crowd of competitors, officials and spectators, but this year’s event will have an expected crowd of 10 over the three days of racing under NSW Health’s COVID-19 safety plan for major recreational facilitiesAttracting 000 visitors

Despite the reduction in the number of people, the police will be conducting a proactive operation to ensure compliance with public health regulations while fighting traffic offenses and deterring criminal activity on Mount Panorama and in the Bathurst community

General duty officers from the Chifley Police District and the entire Western Region will be assisted by specialty officers from the Operations Support Group (OSG), Dog Unit, Licensing Police, Bicycle Unit, and Traffic and Highway Patrol Command throughout the deployment supports

Spectators must adhere to a strict COVID Safe plan that includes zoned spectator camping and company tours, seating maps, and physical distancing

Deputy Commissioner McKenna said the police will be in place throughout the operation, focusing not only on road safety and people’s behavior, but also enforcing NSW Public Health Orders and COVID Safe plans such as company inspections and Ensure license agreements

“We are working closely with NSW Health and the organizers to ensure the event is safe for all attendees as well as the local community,” said Deputy Commissioner McKenna

“This event was designed with the current climate in mind seriously We encourage everyone to enjoy the event, but we also encourage them to take responsibility for their own actions and abide by current public health regulations so that we can all enjoy a sense of normalcy ”

Motorists will also come under the watchful eye of the police as additional traffic and highway police officers are dispatched to the area to ensure race goers get to and from their destination safely

“While we may not encounter the typical flow of traffic that you would see at the Bathurst 1000, traffic in the area will increase and we urge these drivers to drive safely and make responsible decisions when they are behind Steering wheel are located, “said Deputy Commissioner McKenna

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