Bil­ly­carts re­turn to rule Mar­ble Bar roads

Pilbara News - - News - Sophia Con­stan­tine

The fourth an­nual Mar­ble Bar Billy Cart Grand Prix will be re­turn­ing to the hottest part of Aus­tralia next month, and res­i­dents are gear­ing up in prepa­ra­tion.

Last week, The New­man Youth Cen­tre be­gan its con­struc­tion work­shops, which will be held on Mon­day and Fri­day be­tween 2:30 and 5pm for 10-17-year-olds.

A Shire of East Pil­bara spokesper­son said the con­struc­tion work­shops had al­ready re­ceived a large in­ter­est, with the wait­list al­ready full for the next up­com­ing weeks.

Mar­ble Bar Com­mu­nity Re­source Cen­tre co-or­di­na­tor Kim Mackay said the com­mu­nity was ex­pect­ing an even larger crowd this year as the word con­tin­ued to spread to the larger pop­u­la­tion.

He said there were many bil­ly­carts al­ready built and ready to go in nearby towns, as Dampier had their inau­gu­ral Billy Cart Grand Prix last year.

Despite the main fo­cus of the event be­ing on the grand prix, the Mar­ble Bar Jerk-Off, which is a jerky eat­ing con­test, had proven to be a hit in pre­vi­ous years and will be con­tin­ued this year.

“We will have an MC for the day to an­nounce the races and any­thing else go­ing on dur­ing the day with loud speak­ers in the main street,” Mr Mackay said.

“We also hope to have Hed­land Com­mu­nity Ra­dio 101.3FM broad­cast­ing from Mar­ble Bar on the days as per the last three events.

“We def­i­nitely ex­pect peo­ple from all the Pil­bara towns and Broome as we did last year. This event is sec­ond to the Mar­ble Bar Races and is big­ger in that we have to close the main street on the day.”

Events like these are im­por­tant for the town both eco­nom­i­cally (for the busi­nesses) and so­cially ( a fun fam­ily day for the towns­peo­ple and vis­i­tors alike).

Picture: Kelly Bell

Mar­ble Bar's main street came to life with billy cart rac­ing in 2015.

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