“It's no secret we have been having discussions. We haven't concluded those discussions. We'd like to get an agreement going forward, but it's got to be the right deal for our state; it's got to provide value for money.”
In a recent poll to find Melbourne's best tourist attraction, held by the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria and Tourism Victoria, the grand prix failed to gain even a single vote.
Previous reports have suggested that a new deal that will see the race continue to be held until at least 2015 has been all-but agreed [see separate story – click here
]. It has also been suggested the event could be moved to a heavily-revamped Eastern Creek circuit near Sydney, which currently hosts A1GP.