Wrong Track – eBook
A story about people
The story in this book is a story about Newcastle, a vibrant local community, local political interests seeking to curry favour and a beautiful heritage city with a legacy from the fossil fuel industries. It’s a story about people, history, power and protest.
Corruption and community
It is also a quintessentially NSW story, exposing the corrupting role of power and the determination of the NSW government to ride roughshod over local communities, the environment and public space.
Behind the glitz, glam and fuel-injected spin
Supercars in Newcastle reveals a story of intrigue and political manoeuvring, hitherto unsurpassed levels of secrecy, confusion and deception and of the experience and struggle of the community having to bear the brunt of the event being sidelined or ignored
Under the banner of ‘putting Newcastle on the map’ Supercars was given carte blanche by the NSW Government and the City of Newcastle to construct a motor racing circuit in a medium density residential area, a few metres from heritage homes and through the city’s award-winning parkland.
This book gives a detailed account of how the Supercars event came to be located in such an inappropriate place using millions of dollars of public funds. In so doing it identifies a pattern that has become business as usual for the NSW Government.
Decisions with far- reaching consequences are made through networks of friends in high places and then imposed on communities without any public discussion or detailed economic justification. Supercars in Newcastle demonstrates how accountability, transparency and genuine consultation can be cynically swept aside to further the interests of a private corporation and their powerful political and media associates.
Therese, as a Greens councillor, objected to the proposal to bring Supercars to Newcastle on the grounds that no case had been prepared to justify bringing a car race to the residential streets of Newcastle and no community consultation had occurred prior to the council’s consideration.
Christine Everingham is a long term member of the Newcastle East Residents Group and a retired academic. She has always been active in the local community, volunteering for many community projects.