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Major revamp planned for Phillip Island

Major revamp planned for Phillip Island

Major revamp planned for Phillip Island

A massive new development scheme for the Phillip Island racetrack resort has been presented at a press conference attended by five times World Champion Mick Doohan, Golf legend Greg Norman and Andrew Nicholls, general manager of circuit owners, Linfox Property Group.

Designed to create a world class sporting and resort venue on the 380 hectare site and secure the financial viability of the circuit through additional year-round income streams, the $300 million plans include major upgrades and an extension of the circuit infrastructure. Additionally there will be the construction of a go-kart track which is to be a 722 m replica of the 4.45 km Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit, a cliff top 18-hole golf course with spectacular coastal views, designed by Greg Norman, and also a five star, resort hotel featuring 1175 rooms, conference centre and clubhouse built in three compact villages called Heath, Crest and Lakeside positioned between the golf course and the circuit.

"Our vision is to create a world-class sporting, tourism and conference venue that complements the environment and showcases and preserves the spectacular scenery and landscape of Phillip Island," said general manager of Linfox Property Group, Andrew Nicholls.

Mick Doohan added: "The outlook, with the cliffs and the coastal strip is what really adds to the lure of the Island circuit. Nothing beats the thrill of Lukey Heights, Southern Loop or Siberia or clocking 300 k's plus going down the main straight, but what makes it extra special is the outlook, the location and the views to the pounding blue ocean."

"But the time has more than come for a massive revamp of this place. The pit garages are designed for racing a decade ago and technology has changed so rapidly that we need vastly improved facilities, more space and a big upgrade to the communication network."

MotoGP, 2005

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