Bunbury Speedway will receive $30,000 from the McGowan Government towards the urgent repair works necessary for racing to go ahead at the venue this sprint car season.
Immediate improvements are required for the speedway to achieve the national standard for upcoming events in 2021 while the speedway resolves longer term works required to ensure accreditation beyond 2021.
Works will be carried out to catch fence cables, catch fence structure, mesh and a concrete wall in order for the speedway to meet requirements. The funding will allow immediate infrastructure issues to be addressed so track requirements are met in time for the venue to host a leg of the WA Sprintcar Speedweek on New Year’s Day.
Race runs attract visitors from outside the region, providing a boost to the local economy each season.
The funding is provided through the South West Development Commission.
As stated by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
“This latest funding injection into regional motorsport by the McGowan Government will ensure Bunbury Speedway is part of the calendar of events for this season – and the region will continue to benefit.
“Bunbury Speedway makes a significant social and economic contribution to the Bunbury Geographe and wider community, with a passionate base of enthusiasts fuelling this industry.
“The South West Development Commission and local member Don Punch have worked hard to support the Bunbury Speedway.”
As stated by Bunbury MLA Don Punch:
“I am very pleased to see work done by the Bunbury Car Club together with the South West Development Commission over the past five months has resulted in this first step being taken to address the safety concerns at the Bunbury Speedway.
“I am hopeful continued positive engagement between the Bunbury Car Club and the South West Development Commission will address ongoing safety and sustainability concerns and find a long-term solution for the Bunbury Speedway.
“Sprint car events at the Bunbury Speedway have long been an important contributor to the social and economic wellbeing of our community. I commend the Bunbury Car Club for continuing to work positively with the State Government to make sure they are able to continue to make that contribution for many years to come.”