The blows keep coming for the Gold Coast’s struggling tourism industry, with the city’s biggest sporting event axed for the second year in a row.
The 2021 Gold Coast 500 was scheduled to roar through the streets of Main Beach and Surfers Paradise from December 3-5, but has again been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Organisers of the much-anticipated Supercars event, which was due to wrap up its season on the Gold Coast for the first time ever, said border closures made it impossible to plan for.
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Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said it’s a massive blow, with the three-day festival expected to have injected much-needed funds into the local economy.
“Devastating. That’s the only way to describe it,” the Mayor said.
“While I’m disappointed with the news, I support the supercars organisation as the risk in establishing this street circuit in these challenging times was too high.
“My message to every motor racing fan … get vaccinated so we can get back on the track in 2022.”
The news comes just a week after the TV Week Logies, which were due to take place at The Star in November, were also cancelled for the second year running.