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NSW police conduct Operation Bathurst during Bathurst 1000 to ensure event and patron safety and security

NSW police conduct Operation Bathurst during Bathurst 1000 to ensure event and patron safety and security
October 16, 2020

NSW police conduct Operation Bathurst during Bathurst 1000 to ensure event and patron safety and security

The NSW Police Force will be conducting a high-visibility operation during Supercars Australia’s endurance event to ensure event and patron safety and security. The main event for 2020 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 will take place at 11.00am on Sunday 18th October 2020.

Traditionally the event has attracted more than 200,000 competitors, officials and spectators to the world-famous Mount Panorama. However, this year’s attendance has been capped at 4000 spectators to ensure a COVIDSafe event that complies with NSW Public Health Orders and community expectations.

General duties officers from Chifley Police District and across Western Region will be assisted by specialist police from the Public Order and Riot Squad (PORS), Operations Support Group (OSG), Dog Unit, PolAir, Licensing Police, Bicycle Unit, Youth Command (PCYC), Police Transport Command and Traffic and Highway Patrol Command throughout the operation.

Western Region Assistant Commissioner Geoff McKechnie APM advised that police will be out in force across the weekend and will not only focus on road safety and crowd behaviour but will ensure the enforcement of NSW Public Health Orders and COVIDSafe plans such as business inspections, licensing arrangements and high visibility policing.

Spectators will be required to comply with this year’s COVIDSafe plan which includes no spectator camping, ticketed seating and physical distancing.

Assistant Commissioner McKechnie notes “we’re working closely with NSW Health to ensure this year’s Bathurst 1000 is a safe event for everyone attending.

“This year’s event is considerably different to what it has been in previous years, and while we encourage racegoers to enjoy the weekend, we also urge them to be responsible for their own actions and comply with orders in place for the community’s safety.”

To ensure racegoers and other motorists make it to and from their destinations safely, additional Traffic and Highway Patrol officers will be deployed.

Assistant Commissioner McKechnie added “While traffic movement will be considerably down on previous years, we would still urge motorists to drive safely and make responsible decisions when getting behind the wheel.”

Bathurst Mayor Bobby Bourke said the city was ready for another fantastic event of world class racing adding “Council is pleased the 2020 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 is able to proceed with limited crowd numbers and we welcome the teams and visitors to the city for the event and we look forward to a weekend of exciting racing.

“We ask that anyone attending the race or visiting the city to follow the rules on gatherings and social distancing to help keep us all safe.

“We all need to continue to work together and follow COVIDSafe practices; and if you are unwell please stay at home and save your visit for another time.”

Supercars Australia Chief Operating Officer Shane Howard highlights that the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 is one of Australia’s most popular sporting events and one of the pre-eminent motor races in the world.

“All eyes will be on Mount Panorama on Sunday afternoon.

“While we are disappointed that we can’t host a full crowd at this year’s event due to COVID restrictions, we’re delighted to see the bottom of the mountain filled with fans for this memorable weekend.

“We thank the NSW Government, Emergency Services and Bathurst Regional Council for their ongoing support of the event and for working with us on a plan that will allow fans the opportunity to see a new king of the mountain and championship winner crowned on Sunday.”

For all special event traffic information, including road closures, special event clearways and live traffic reports, visit

Further information about the event, including venue maps, track schedules and parking availability, can be found at

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25th August 2015 - Three sets of brothers to create history at 2015 Bathurst 1000

19th June 2012 - iEDM appointed to Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000

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