THE Phillip Island community is gearing up for the 2016 Moto GP on October 21 to 23.
The Moto GP is one of the biggest events to take place in regional Victoria, and the economic benefit it brings to Bass Coast Shire is in excess of $30 million.
The continued emergence of Australian rider, Jack Miller, in the Moto GP category and a great series of racing has resulted in a significant increase in the presale of tickets, with organisers hoping for a three day crowd of around 100,000.
Phillip Island and Bass Coast will become very busy during this period and to cope with this a significant traffic management plan is being developed to minimise the disruption to the community.
Cowes will come to life during the event with free entertainment activities over the whole extended weekend.
The bottom part of Thompson Avenue will become a licensed festival zone on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.
Live music performances, rider interviews and a super screen in this area will be supplemented by the ‘Classic on Cowes’ vintage motorcycle display in The Esplanade.
All activities are family friendly and the community is encouraged to come out and be a part of the fun.
The warm welcome that Phillip Island and Bass Coast gives event patrons is acknowledged as being a big part of the total experience the event creates.
Local charity, You Are My Sunshine, will again be the official event charity.
It has been the official event charity since 2012 and in that time the event has helped contribute more than $350,000 to the cause.
Early interest in this year’s Barry Sheene Tribute Ride is strong and around 500 riders are expected to make the annual pilgrimage from Bairnsdale to the track on Thursday, October 20.
The timing of the ride will be earlier than previous years and is expected to arrive in San Remo at around 1:30pm.
The Cranbourne GP Run on Saturday, October 22 again expects around 5,000 Motorcycles to participate with up to 2,000 of those making their way to Cowes.
Bass Coast Shire Council and the Australian Grand Prix Corporation have produced a community information brochure which will be delivered to all households on Phillip Island and San Remo.
The brochure, which includes all you need to know about the event, will also be distributed to key outlets right across the shire.
Bass Coast Shire residents will again be offered free general admission when they present proof of residency at the Gate 1 ticket box on either Thursday, October 20 or Friday, October 21 to receive their general admission ticket for circuit entry on the Friday.
For more information about all Moto GP events, visit the Bass Coast Shire Council website at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/events.