Longer lease flagged
THE WA Sporting Car Club says a longer lease for the Wanneroo Raceway site will enable it to invest in upgrades as it gears up to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
Wanneroo Council recently agreed to surrender the existing lease for 60ha of the Wattle Avenue site in Neerabup and authorise the chief executive to enter negotiations with the club for a new 10-year lease.
Club president Russell Sewell said the not-for-profit organisation, which started in 1969, planned works to resurface the track next summer.
Mr Sewell said the last resurfacing was done about 15 years ago and that was generally the lifespan of the tarmac.
“We can’t take on such major capital works without long tenure,” he said.
General manager Andrew Stachewicz said, in today’s dollars, the club had spent about $150 million on capital works over the past 50 years.
Recent improvements have included a $500,000 project to replace tyre barriers with a concrete wall around the track.
Mr Stachewicz said longer tenure also enabled the club to establish partnerships and development programs, particularly for juniors.
He said it was also discussing establishing a future motorsport hub in Neerabup with the City of Wanneroo.
Mr Sewell said the club had about 1500 members, about a third of which were active race licence holders.
One of the major events coming up is the Perth SuperSprint, which returns to Barbagello Raceway from May 4 to 6.
WA Sporting Car Club general manager Andrew Stachewicz and president Russell Sewell.