Insurance blow for cart race
The shock last-minute withdrawal of the traditional billycart races in Marble Bar has sparked concerns other similar events in the Pilbara will be shut down as insurers refuse to underwrite them.
Organisers said the public liability insurer notified them last week it would cover the event, provided the main billycart competition was eliminated, because it was considered too high a risk.
They were given a short time to organise the renamed Marble Bar Funday and Jerky Competition, which went ahead on the main street on Saturday.
Marble Bar Community Resource Centre co-ordinator Kim Mackay said the insurers of the Dampier Billy Cart Derby, who were also contacted, said they would no longer be insuring the Dampier event or any other like it.
Shire of East Pilbara president Lynne Craigie said events such as the Billy Cart Grand Prix — one of the most significant events on the Marble Bar calender— were important for the town and its economy.
The insurer was contacted for comment.
Nullagine OIC Colin Guy in action during a previous Marble Bar Billy Cart Grand Prix.