Driving facility may be V8 event spin-off
INSTEAD of a once-a-year elitist V8 motor sport event designed to ‘fuel’ the sale of new cars, $10 million of government assistance could buy the city a self-sufficient motor sports and driver training facility — exploiting a significant market gap in regional Queensland and requiring no ongoing subsidy from Government.
Research conducted last year shows that such a facility would be regionally significant with its closest competitors in the Gold Coast and Darwin.
It would provide motor sports activities for some 100,000 people a year at a significantly lower cost to us punters than a ticket to a V8 race, provide a world-class driver training facility for some 20,000 students per year (including heavy vehicle, army and emergency services driver training) and cater for the broadest spectrum of motors sports interests.
Designed well and located appropriately, it would also provide a significant venue for field days and similar events and potentially a new caravan park facility for the city.
Motors sports are the third most popular spectator sport in the country and as such deserve the same level of support from Government as other comparable popular sports.
But let’s make sure it’s the sport that Government is asked to support — not a sectional interest. And it’s hard to see how a V8 race would have the positive impact on our road tolls that a permanent world-class driver training facility would. CHRISCHAPPELL,