Longer lease flagged

The Advocate (Perth) - - LET’S EAT -

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.

Visit www.wascc.com.au.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d481721

WA Sport­ing Car Club gen­eral man­ager An­drew Stachewicz and pres­i­dent Rus­sell Sewell.

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