Revheads have gained an unlikely ally in their campaign to secure the future of the spiritual home of Summernats - the Greens.
Greens leader Shane Rattenbury has called on his government to safeguard Exhibition Park in Canberra, or EPIC, from future development, after The Canberra Times revealed "urban renewal planning feasibility" studies were being conducted on the showground and a slab of land to the north earmarked for the new suburb of Kenny.
Mr Rattenbury said one option was for EPIC's major events to be relocated so that part or all of the site could be redeveloped, potentially for housing - a choice the Greens could not support.
He said showground was "too important a community asset to lose", citing events like the Lifeline Bookfair, Royal Canberra Show, Capital Region Farmers Market and National Folk Festival.
"The advantages of having EPIC within seven kilometres of the city, and on the light rail route, make it a very attractive spot that's easily accessible to residents and tourists," Mr Rattenbury said.
"Yes, facilities will need to be upgraded, and that could include tourist accommodation like better camping facilities or a hotel. However, EPIC must first and foremost be for events - not for housing."
Mr Rattenbury said EPIC should be designated as an entertainment precinct in a similar vein to Fortitude Valley in Brisbane.
There, the precinct has laws placing the onus on new developments to incorporate extensive noise insulation-not on music venues to turn down their volumes when residential development is built nearby.
"In areas like Fortitude Valley in Brisbane, entertainment precinct laws have helped ensure that these vibrant mixed-use areas work for residents, nightclubs, live music venues, cafes, restaurants, hotels and retail businesses," Mr Rattenbury said.
"Entertainment precincts help to protect the long-term future of the music and entertainment industry without exposing residents or businesses to unreasonable or unexpected levels of noise."
The government is yet to respond to two urban sounds white papers, MusicACT's 2015 Cool Little Capital Action Plan and outcomes from the Urban Sounds discussion paper from 2016.
Mr Rattenbury said the government needed to "make real headway" on its responses to these papers, given the pace of urban infill.
"Given the rate of new apartment blocks going up in the Northbourne corridor and in our town centres, this should be a priority. As our city becomes more compact, now is the time to act," Mr Rattenbury said.
The ACT government has previously said the studies at EPIC were "preliminary" and no decisions had been made on the redevelopment of the area.
Summernats co-owner Andy Lopez said event promoters wanted certainty about the future of the site.
"I'm normally a big fan of wheel spinning but right now, we're after traction," Mr Lopez said previously.