In­sur­ance blow for cart race

Pilbara News - - News - Sophia Con­stan­tine

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.

Pic­ture: Court­ney Fowler

Nul­lagine OIC Colin Guy in ac­tion dur­ing a pre­vi­ous Mar­ble Bar Billy Cart Grand Prix.

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