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Cui Bono? Summernats and the Local Economy

By Aurelius - 4 January 2009 63

For years now, we’ve been told that Summernats brings economic benefit to Canberra. So I thought I’d ask the question – who benefits? Let’s try and avoid this thread falling into the pothole that all other Summernats threads fall into, and let’s not discuss the loutish behaviour and alcohol restrictions etc. I am hoping the hivemind, with its finger in many pies, might be able to answer a simple question – who benefits economically from the event?

Obviously EPIC benefits, and the food vendors that operate there. Shell Gateway benefits from having thousands of people next door who clean the place out of all types of fastfood. The servos in Dickson and Watson benefit from considerably increased sales. Presumably the takeaways in Dickson as well. And the cheapo accommodation options in Watson. My partner’s store, which sells car-related product sees some, but very little benefit, but it’s not in North Canberra so that’s understandable.

But I spoke to someone who runs a takeaway in Mitchell – he sees no benefit. Restaurants in Lyneham, zip.

So who benefits? Is your work directly affected, and in a positive or negative way?

[ED – A story in today’s CT suggests even Chic Henry isn’t doing so flash this year]


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summernats cruiser 10:26 am 28 Jan 09

just thought id add a perspective of a entrant of summernats and a employee of a sponsor.

ive attended summernats for the full 23 years of the event, i take my friends, employees ans family.

i have had and am still working on numerous show cars and our only aim is to come to summernats and compete. For the last 5 years i have come as not just an entrant, but as a sponsor to the event, i spent in excess of 23,000 on accomidation, over 10k on food from your local resturants and grocers, use your local hire company to put up our marquees and spend plenty around your beautiful city.

what you people fail to see is the great publicity this event has world wide, you just think of yobbos doing purnouts and perving, there is a majority of people that go there for the car festival, and because one servo is quiet doesnt mean it brings no good to your economy, im my case you prob have 50 or 60k of my money and that is from one sposor and entrant, as far as i see it, it is a great event, with great exposure for my business and good exposure for canberra. my company is japanese based and loves what it sees in summernats. this year was the best behaved ive seen it and yet canberrians still whinge, i thik chic does a great job at containing a majority of it inside epic.

as for the tool who whinged about the entry price, you would pay 50 dollars to see 80 mins of football at canberra stadium, do you want to shut that down too?? at least you got hours of entertainment at the summernats!!!

you do get a huge financial benefit our of the summernats, i will continue to support it if it remains in canberra, i love putting my money into your great city, and i get really upset when i read these blogs on here posted by people who have no interest in the event and have prob never been, and for the record, chic is not looking for free rent, and you all may get your wish, i hope for all motoring enthiausts sake you dont!!!

peterh 4:18 pm 05 Jan 09

BerraBoy68 said :

So much!

wasn’t chic from flynn or fraser? his daughter was jane, wasn’t she?

BerraBoy68 4:11 pm 05 Jan 09

So much!

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