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Just found out the ACTUAL status of the new Italia Raceway track being built just north of Raymond Terrace. Courtesy of RCIOS (Race Cars In Ozzie Sheds) is video footage taken earlier today: https://www.facebook.com/100013384093931/videos/400998980356235/

That's a pretty serious start on the earthworks so it means they have got over all the paper hurdles and are finally at "GO"!!!
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Re: Ringwood Motor Sports Complex - Official Newsletter!
« Reply #77 on: 23 Mar 2017, 10:43 PM »
Just in case anyone didn't see this a week ago, see below.

With these announcements, I can now let the cat out of the bag that Paul Martin was the guy that tapped me on the shoulder at the Newcastle toy run in 2008 and said "we need to talk", which we have done several times over the years. Paul is a sensible and capable gentleman and will have a steady hand on the tiller getting this facility to blossom into a fully operational motorsport venue that we will be proud to have in the area. Glad to see he has stuck with it and finally gets to play a bigger role.

By way of qualification of earlier posts going back over the years, I just need to formally state that Paul has been an absolute gentleman and a model of discretion in our chats. Things I have implied / discovered and talked about earlier came from other excitable chaps with vested interests, and whom I won't talk about unless they bob up and want it to be so!

Whilst there isn't much he can do about it any time soon, Paul has a soft spot for motorcycling and he will undoubtedly have the interests of the sport in mind when looking at future developments.


Q1. When are you starting and when will it be completed?
The project has a number of starting points.
Masterplan: Design, planning and engagement with regulatory bodies started more than 5 years ago and is now finalised with the relevant approvals in place.
Construction: Tenders have been received and a contract will soon be awarded for construction. Construction will commence in the second qtr of 2017, with completion due by end of October, 2017.
Personnel: Two senior appointments have been made. Paul Martin, who has been consulting during the master planning stage, has commenced full time and will manage the circuit operations. Damien White, who was in a senior management position with Supercars Australia, before stints at the South Australia Motorsport Park and Ipswich Motorsport Precinct will focus on marketing and business development.

Q2. Why is it called Circuit Italia?
The circuit name was derived from the road it’s on – Italia Road.
 
Q3. Where is it?
Italia Road, just off the Pacific Hwy north of Raymond Terrace35 minutes north of Newcastle15 minutes from Newcastle airport45 minutes west of Nelson Bay45 minutes to the Hunter wine region


Q4. What is the circuit layout?
Wedged into the side of a hill our circuit designer, Grant Liddell, has taken advantage of the natural topography to create a 14 corner 2.9km layout with extreme changes in elevation; something that is missing from most circuits in the country. The radical rise and fall will bring back memories of Amaroo and Oran Park, all designed and built to the highest safety standard (FIA Grade 2).
 
Q5. How much will it cost to drive my car on it or book the whole venue?
Paul and Damien are finalising pricing structures and the various product offerings. In terms of arrive and drive or whole of venue bookings, we are targeting a price point which will keep us competitive with the current circuits available.
 
Q6. Can I ride my motorcycle on the circuit?
Motorcycle use was a consideration during the master planning and circuit design stage, however the current council approval does not include it. A further Development Application (DA), which would require an environmental noise impact assessment, would be required to permit motorcycle use.
 
Q7. Will there be driver training at the circuit?
Yes. Circuit Italia considers driver education, particularly for young people, an important service to facilitate. There will be a purpose-built driver training area that can be used for specific training in addition to that conducted on the circuit.
 
Q8. Can I do drifting, and will there be drift events at the circuit?
It is vital that we maintain the facility to the highest standard for all users, so drifting will not be conducted on the main circuit. We will, however, permit drifting and drifting events to be conducted on the driver training area.
 
Q9. How can I get involved?
We have been overwhelmed by, and are extremely grateful for, the volume of requests/offers to be involved. Your willingness to give your time to contribute to the success of Circuit Italia reinforces our belief that grassroots and club based competition still has an important place in the motorsport landscape.
We are currently exploring the options to establish a club. When done, we will distribute the relevant information and invite applications.
 
Q10. Where can I stay?
There are many affordable options in Raymond Terrace and surrounds; with the convenience of being only 10 minutes away.
If you’re planning to stay a few days and visit the broader region you may want to explore the many options in Port Stephens, Newcastle or the Hunter wine region. Most of these are well within 45 minutes of Circuit Italia.
 
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Re: Ringwood Motor Sports Complex - DA check
« Reply #76 on: 07 Mar 2017, 04:13 PM »
Just had a look at the revamped DA tracker and the latest DA related docs for Italia Rd Balickera are dated 28/07/2015 per attached. This appears to be the final hurdle related to getting the actual track approved and there has been nothing since. This link might work: http://datracker.portstephens.nsw.gov.au/Application/ApplicationDetails/016-2011-00000564-003/ and from there you can see earlier docs. Otherwise go here and put in street and suburb: http://datracker.portstephens.nsw.gov.au
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Re: Ringwood Motor Sports Complex
« Reply #75 on: 07 Mar 2017, 03:55 PM »
the more you take out of these things, the harder it gets to put back in later on. ... hate to see bikes race motorcycles miss out...

There are many practical pathways to deal with the "matters arising" and I am reliably informed there is a strong appetite to pursue this cause. In a gently does it kind of way, to be sure... Of course it would be ridiculous that racing motorcycles are not allowed at the venue as there is nothing about their nature in operation that is different to cars. Collectively, motorcyclists may not have as solid commercial backing as car racing, but when it comes to community participation days (eg ride days) my observation is that the genre of motorcycling is much better supported in participation rates. These things aren't secret and undoubtedly common sense will prevail in time...

CASAR looks like it's full steam ahead for everyone, which is great.  If Italia does the same, we'll be laughing ?
Great to see what is happening for Casar Park as it looks like they have cleared the final go/no go hurdles, but Circuit Italia will be finished way ahead of Casar Park! Casar is at about where Cicuit Italia was in 2012 - while I expect their path forwards will be a less troubled one, they will not catch up any time soon...

I'm not clear from detail on the Italia web site, as it seems a little ambiguous, so do you know if permanent pit garages etc will be in place when it opens in a few months ?
Circuit Italia's website says they will open with temporary infrastructure and replace it with permanent infrastructure once a separate DA is approved for its construction. I have made no attempt to find out what the status of any further related DA may be. However I note all the artists impressions include it so rather suspect a fair bit of progress will have been made.
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Re: Ringwood Motor Sports Complex
« Reply #74 on: 06 Mar 2017, 04:38 PM »
I'm with you on the DOC replica / social day idea, and happy to help make that happen, in any way I can.


Don't get me wrong, I'm not pissing on the place, it just seems like it's been watered down, in terms of an overall offering, almost every step of the way, which I now understand is obviously to clear immediate and unforeseen 'hurdles', but as you well know, the more you take out of these things, the harder it gets to put back in later on.  I'd just hate to see bikes race motorcycles miss out, after all of this, given it's proximity to us.


CASAR looks like it's full steam ahead for everyone, which is great.  If Italia does the same, we'll be laughing ?


I'm not clear from detail on the Italia web site, as it seems a little ambiguous, so do you know if permanent pit garages etc will be in place when it opens in a few months ?


First impressions are everything, after all...
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Re: Ringwood Motor Sports Complex - operational subtleties?
« Reply #73 on: 06 Mar 2017, 03:39 PM »
As I understand it, the term "not including motorcycles" was included to pacify an individual, not because there is any prima-facie reason related to noise, pollution / whatever that sets this vehicle type apart from others. But there is a long game here and it needs to play out. Whatever happens is very much up to the facility's owner and he has proven he will take steady sensible steps and not rock any boats needlessly, so we'll just have to wait to see what happens.


There may be social events or training events that include motorcycles, who knows. It is a case of seeing how the track goes then sounding out / putting up any particular proposals we may care to. For instance duplicating the DOCNSW 40th birthday bash on 18/12/16 at Eastern Ck as a training day at Circuit Italia is at least one thing I would like to explore.


I have also been "getting into" my personal project to knock 20% off the road toll (see www.vrdriversim.com.au for details) and this is something that could easily work in parallel with the circuit in initial commercialisation, plus it is totally suited to motorcycle application which you can be sure I will be developing once the car one is proven.


I thought I read somewhere bicycles were out, or was that go-karts...? dunno, on account of not caring!
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Re: Ringwood Motor Sports Complex
« Reply #72 on: 06 Mar 2017, 12:17 PM »
I couldn't help notice that it says 'Arrive and Drive'.


What is the current status / plan for track / race motorcycles to use this facility ?


Some time back, I recall them being excluded initially, or I may have that confused.


I do recall bicycles getting a big nod, but they're a far too greater risk for me.
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Re: Ringwood Motor Sports Complex - We Have A Date - Q4 2017
« Reply #71 on: 06 Mar 2017, 09:58 AM »
From the man himself:


Circuit Italia is calling for Expressions of Interest from those motorsport enthusiasts, both individual and groups, interested in 'penciling in' a date or dates for track/venue hire or 'Arrive & Drive' sessions. Construction is expected to be completed Q4 2017. Feel free to contact us via our contact page for further information with regard to lodging your Expression of Interest.Thank you.
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Re: Ringwood Motor Sports Complex
« Reply #70 on: 15 Dec 2016, 12:53 PM »
Thanks Vince i thought that track looked a little small & tight for even Troy Bayliss to corner and get enough speed to give his knee sliders a workout & while speaking of him i hear the rain on the road outside making me worry about that other event i mentioned im going to on Sunday in that other topic but maybe the dogs can hold a day at Circuit Italia once its completed and invite him along for a ride!!! :P
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Re: Ringwood Motor Sports Complex
« Reply #69 on: 15 Dec 2016, 12:34 PM »
Scottie that video is of the Hillclimb track which was funded by the purchase of the main track land from the MG Car club. To get that upgrade through the approval process was a pretty straightforward thing, hence they were able to get the thing built and have been using it for at least a year - there are references earlier in this topic with details about that.

Note the main track was renamed to Circuit Italia to avoid precisely the confusion that has set the trap here - namely (pun intended!) the Hillclimb track was called Ringwood and it would be forever a confusion if the circuit track had the same name, which obviously someone on the track side noticed and fixed.

Where is it at? Right now I don't actually know and there is nothing on the website / expected emailed updates from subscribing to the list. I have it on my "wanna to do list" to just get out there and look at the ground and see what is there; dunno when that will happen with everything else going on but... If anyone else cares to do this please put pics / story up here!
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Re: Ringwood Motor Sports Complex
« Reply #68 on: 08 Dec 2016, 06:56 PM »
A look at the track so far!!


https://youtu.be/ADsBhU96OiQ
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Yep, it is here: http://www.circuititalia.com.au

For some reason the old website doesn't redirect at the moment, but the new one does mention there is no need to sign up as a supporter if already done so on the old one.
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Re: Ringwood Motor Sports Complex - Going Public!
« Reply #66 on: 04 Aug 2016, 11:42 AM »
For anyone that didn't see the Newspaper article last week, details are here: www.theherald.com.au/story/4055124/raceway-project-gears-up/. Seems we now have a kinda promise to get it done by next June at the latest, depending on how the final builder negotiations and construction goes...

And lovely to see that Mr Higgins has decided he is now OK for people to know of his passion, and backing of this facility, which can only be a good thing!
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I was just speaking to someone in the know the other day. Whilst anyone not in that happy condition would have to be wondering if the wheels fell off and the whole thing got abandoned I can assure you this absolutely hasn't happened. I have the details and still struggle to believe bureacratic processes could be so slow, but it seems there are a lot of cooks here and, by and large, they are just hunkering down and getting on with the getting on of it all.

It will happen, but I am not going to have a guess at when!

Picking around the DA tracker is a bit more tricky as a bunch of paperwork has sprung up around derivative activities flowing from the initial approval. The most recent relevant one seems to be this:

Application: Construction Certificate (10 - 2011 - 564 - 2)Application Status: Determined
Determination Date: 02/11/2015                           
Determination Type: Council Approved CC
so CC approval 7 months ago is good news, but my more recent info suggested the conditions were quite something to do and hence the further passage of time. At least this will cheer up those that had given up on the whole thing. But no info / promises as to exactly when...!
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Re: Ringwood Motor Sports Complex
« Reply #64 on: 02 Jun 2015, 12:21 PM »
if its meant to happen guys it will, good things come to those who are patient and wait.  ;D
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Re: Ringwood Motor Sports Complex
« Reply #63 on: 01 Jun 2015, 08:04 PM »
I'm not familiar with the sites of the other two potential race tracks you reference, but I do know that the Ringwood site is subject to a lot of constraints that bring in a lot of external referral bodies. While you describe the site as "ugly bush" various ecological maps give  very different value to the site. And thats only scratching the surface of the site constraints. As much as you would like them to, staff do not have the discretion to just write them off when requirements are legislated.


Are you comparing apples with apples when you compare the different sites? Id suggest you aren't.


Lets see how the Wyong and Dungog DA's pan out, and lets see how ecologically, and other, constrained the sites are.


Rightly or wrongly, Port Stephens own mayor declares the area "open for business" and often calls applications to Council that staff are, in his opinion, unreasonably blocking. The majority of management at council set out to appease him. He himself will admit he sees himself and the council area as above the legislation if something is good for the area. Ask yourself why he hasn't gotten involved in this proposal and pushed it through?[size=78%] [/size]


The purpose of a DA should be to "test the waters" so to speak with the technical detail left to the CC. So yes, a CC should be a matter of ticking a few boxes and moving on. The DA consent should be explicit in what technical detail is required to move on. If its not provided then that is unfortunately on the applicant. 


I wholeheartedly agree there needs to be a massive overhaul of Local Govt. But that won't do a thing for DA's until a reform of the various planning legislation is undertaken. This has been flagged for a long time but no govt has had the intestinal fortitude to actually move on and do it.


DA's taking 7 years are the exception, and usually they have one thing in common....a severe lack of information. I agree that DA's and CC's shouldn't take as long as they have in this case, but I can't say that the blame is skewed towards council as you believe.

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Re: Ringwood Motor Sports Complex
« Reply #62 on: 01 Jun 2015, 07:26 PM »
Well I DO appreciate what you are saying here Sammydog. My simplistic and uninformed view is that a construction certificate should be readily issued within a relatively short timeframe after DA has been granted. The fact that a year and a half later it hasn't happened, and that it was a year later that the amendment occurred LOOKS like unwarranted hoop generation by a party. And detailed planning around trees SOUNDS like unreasonable obstruction by a party.

Contrast what is happening around the Wyong Shire and the Casar Park motorsport complex. Further apart than chalk and cheese and frankly accountability and responsibility to act in the best interests of the communities represented is sorely missing in the more northern entity.

Personally I hope the Pt Stephens Council is fully exposed to and affected by the consequences of the NSW Govt campaign http://www.fitforthefuture.nsw.gov.au/ to drive out the sort of ineptitude that is being played out so nakedly in this particular DA. What people have convinced themselves is appropriate and due process simply isn't, but there is extreme reluctance to recognise that as the personal consequences may be just too great. This of course is my personal opinion, to the extent I can reasonably outline it in a public forum. Have a beer with me and I will be happy to share more....

Of course it is equally open to anyone that feels the above view is a little harsh to provide a credible explanation as to why a minor re-purposing of a block of pretty ugly scrub already utilised for motorsport for decades has taken over 7 years and counting to get off the ground (check the first post here)? Please don't blame the proponent for their delays in preparing for the synchronised hoop-jumping event when what they should REALLY have heard (once the "no drag-strip?" check was done) is "Thank you, we really appreciate that you want to do this great thing for our shire with no strings attached. How can we help you make it happen?" Oh, hang on - that is what the Wyong Shire is doing. And the same noises came out of Dungog Council who are seriously looking to get a similar facility going. So Pt Stephens' problem is what exactly? Thought so!
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Re: Ringwood Motor Sports Complex
« Reply #61 on: 01 Jun 2015, 06:39 PM »
I don't know about the statement "being made to jump through more hoops". No one forces a developer to lodge an amendment to an approved application.

[/size]Looking through the tracker, the applicant has requested a modification to a condition dealing specifically with "an integrated Development Site Management Plan, Native Vegetation Rehabilitation Plan and Habitat Tree Assessment" required before a CC can be issued.

[/size]A further look at the information outstanding to satisfy the condition and I would say it would be easier to comply with the condition and move on than argue the toss on it.


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Re: Ringwood Motor Sports Complex - More Paperwork!!!
« Reply #60 on: 28 May 2015, 07:46 PM »
Just wondering where this is at and checked the council's website. Bugger me Ringwood Raceway are being made to jump through more hoops. I don't have any idea what this is about right now, but put DA number 564/2011 into the council's DA enquiry and you find the following:

Application InformationProperty Details45 Italia Road BALICKERA  NSW  232449 Italia Road BALICKERA  NSW  2324
Type of WorkReduce Existing Track, Relocate Existing Pit Area & Access Road,  Relocate Driver Training Area - Secton 96 Modification
Application No.564/2011
Date Lodged10/03/2015
Cost of Work$0.00
Assessing OfficerMS B A MARTIN
ApplicantITALIA ROAD HOLDINGS PTY LTD
Applicant AddressPO BOX 831 NEWCASTLE  NSW  2300
OwnerITALIA ROAD HOLDINGS PTY LTD
 
ITALIA ROAD HOLDINGS PTY LTD
 Application Information | Application Stages And Status | Application Stages And Status
Stage DescriptionOpen DateCompleted DateStatus
Referral - Waste Water Officer18/03/201501/04/2015Completed
Referral - Water & Energy18/03/2015Awaiting
Ext Ref - NSW RFS18/03/2015Awaiting
Application Information Check11/03/201511/03/2015Completed
Referred to Mgr for Allocation11/03/201511/03/2015Completed
Allocation - Building Surveyor18/03/2015Awaiting
Allocation to Planner18/03/2015Awaiting
External Referrals18/03/201518/03/2015Completed
External Referrals18/03/201518/03/2015Completed
Request Additional Info of App16/04/2015Awaiting
Referral-Development Engineer18/03/201514/05/2015Completed
Referral - Traffic Engineer18/03/2015Awaiting
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Re: Ringwood Motor Sports Complex - Update, kinda...
« Reply #59 on: 31 Oct 2014, 06:05 PM »
I was told at the King Edward Hill Climb "there has been quite some delay getting a construction certificate issued. When that happens the track will be built quickly thereafter". I don't know what the issues / timing are. The land clearing was done early this year, which I guess the DA approval allows, but obviously construction is another matter. I just checked the Council website and it doesn't explain anything. Some administrative thing obviously happened but that was just a formality from the look of it:

49 Italia Road BALICKERA  NSW  2324
Type of Work Road,  Relocate Driver Training Area
Applicant ITALIA ROAD HOLDINGS PTY LTD
Certifier PORT STEPHENS COUNCIL
Application No. 564/2011
Date Lodged 15/08/2011
Cost of Work $4,000,000.00
Determination Approved by Council
Determination Date 18/10/2013

 49 Italia Road BALICKERA  NSW  2324
Type of Work Road,  Relocate Driver Training Area - S.96 Modification
Applicant ITALIA ROAD HOLDINGS PTY LTD
Application No. 564/2011
Date Lodged 07/01/2014
Cost of Work $0.00
Determination Approved with Conditions
Determination Date 17/01/2014

Patience I guess is a virtue. Suffice to say it is still happening and hasn't hit some misadventure. Which is good news I s'pose, but oh the delays, seemingly all driven by local council bureaucratic processes. If you want to help make a difference there read this: http://www.knowyourrightsgroup.com.au/local-goverment/ and add your name to this: http://localgovernmentclassaction.com/ - I did.
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Re: Ringwood Motor Sports Complex
« Reply #58 on: 25 Jul 2014, 10:43 PM »
been quite some time since we heard any updates on this, is it still going ahead?

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 Edit. It turns out the CAMS release was made by an official that hadn't checked the facts and the below referenced link has been removed which is confirmation they are aware there were mistakes in the info. Ringwood is a Category B track (not A as stated). Per the DA it needs to go through the normal Council approval process for the issuing and completion of Construction Certificates etc. As you can see if you look over the fence the land has been cleared. But the CAMS statements about Aug-Sept completion and anything that might happen to approvals after that are simply not anchored in reality. From what I understand of these processes, construction should be completed this year, but that is not a foregone conclusion. We'll just have to wait and see. Hopefully we will see some revised info in a future bulletin from the gurus of motorsport (they come out monthly) but for now I have made appropriate corrections to the below table.

And for some other brilliant news, seems the Central Coast Nov 2009 knockback of the Wyong Automotive Racing Precinct stirred good people into action. Preparation for the CASAR track in Wyong got seriously underway in July 2010. See: http://casarpark.org.au/

 More details below, from: http://www.cams.com.au/media/news/latest-news/nsw-venue-update (of course with the removal of this link you would have to wonder about the validity of the rest of the info shown; however easy enough to separately verify)

NSW Facilities Update:

Venue / Facility Development

Latest Updates

More Information

Luddenham Raceway (1.2km Category C track)

DA issued. Media release on CAMS website. Expected to be operating January 2015.

CAMS has secured all affiliated clubs first preference with bookings.

Contact: [url=http://mailto:[email protected]][email][email protected][/email]

Shoalhaven - Braidwood Road, Yerriyong

Motorcycle NSW still progressing with DA.

www.motorcycling.com.au/

Ringwood Hillclimb

Extention of track nearly completed.

www.mgcarclub.com.au

Ringwood Raceway (2.9km Category B track)

DA issued. Expected to be operating late 2014 / early 2015

Currently restricted to 3 race meetings per year and 47 sprints for club events.

www.ringwoodraceway.com.au

Sydney International Dragway

Now approved for Motorkhana and Khanacross in the precinct – clubs need to contact SID directly

Riverina Motor Complex (Wagga Wagga) –

DA has been submitted for race circuit. Hit a road block as residents oppose and there are concerns about the road leading in which is a notorious blackspot.

www.sydneydragway.com.au

CASAR Park (Wyong)

Still obtaining funding and in-kind support for DA and construction. Council will contribute significantly towards costs of DA.

www.casarpark.org.au
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Re: Ringwood Motor Sports Complex
« Reply #56 on: 16 Feb 2014, 01:08 PM »
My reckoning is that when the first sod is turned, there will be much tv & press coverage.
Scroll down to below the Ringwood flyer & see Vince's post of my note from the council meeting.

I just came across my copy of the Proposal as approved (in principal) by the council.
On page 7 under the heading 'Noise', followed by 'Objections', then 'Comments':
Para. 3 " It is agreed that the site's proximity to the Respite Centre(1.5km), King's Hill (2km)
and residences is not ideal. However, it is considered that the development (which does not
include motorbikes) can operate within the limits recommended by the relevant noise guidelines".

I suspect that the clause may have inserted to assist in the proposal's transit through council.
It may also be that after, say, 12 months of noise monitoring, that a 'test' motorcycle  event be
held. But don't quote me on that.

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Re: Ringwood Motor Sports Complex
« Reply #55 on: 15 Feb 2014, 10:28 PM »
I drove through italia road the other day but it didn't seem to be any activity going on there.
Have they even broken ground yet or is everything still getting planned out and all that?

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« Reply #54 on: 05 Feb 2014, 07:47 PM »
See http://www.luddenhamraceway.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/LuddenhamRaceway

First I heard of this is as just going through the while-I-was-having-a-ball-on-the-TintaldraTTT 150+ emails (what crazy shyte has happened to the world!!!), and have an early bird opportunity (as a CAMS club member) to book in for the opening session. Now I probably won't be doing that, but figured the news should go here for a mention; if we want to get "chatty" about it can start another topic. But nice to see the demise of Oran Park got people thinking about it all - and doing something!

PS: re the Dungog Circuit idea I was told by a local on the Tintaldra weekend that his sense is that the obstacles to getting the track to happen will probably be too great for those behind it. The spirit and council is willing, but the harsh realities of getting it to happen in an economically viable way seem to be too hard to overcome. This is just one person's opinion and I wouldn't know either way. So we shouldn't hold our breath on that one. I have been recently told similar things about the Singleton option; ie for various reasons it is likely to stay in the "pie in the sky" box for the foreseeable future... bring on Ringwood!!!
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Re: Ringwood Motor Sports Complex
« Reply #53 on: 05 Feb 2014, 07:08 PM »
I figure the best way to get an update is to look over the fence next time I'm passing and have a sticky beak, from a respectable distance of course. Dunno when that will be, but anyone else should feel free to have a crack at it and let us know what they see!

It's here: http://www.ringwoodraceway.com.au/index.php?module=location
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Re: Ringwood Motor Sports Complex
« Reply #52 on: 30 Jan 2014, 03:30 PM »
Any updates?

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Re: Ringwood Motor Sports Complex - 9/10/13 Newsletter
« Reply #51 on: 09 Oct 2013, 09:42 PM »
DA update.
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Port Stephens Council unanimously voted to approve our Development Application last night.

There is still a lot of work to be done to turn this project into a reality and we shall update you as we proceed.


Thank you for your support.

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Re: Ringwood Motor Sports Complex - Approved!!!
« Reply #50 on: 08 Oct 2013, 09:14 PM »
Report just in:

9 councilors in favour, 1 abstention. Voted on @ ~6pm. Many happy people.
 
 Earthworks should start early 2014, then 12 months to completion.
 
 All going well, of course. No motorcycles 'though.
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Re: Ringwood Motor Sports Complex
« Reply #49 on: 08 Oct 2013, 05:00 PM »
Exactly!!! But there is a process to be followed and that needs to happen, we only get to be spectators there but I will be volunteering for stewarding duties (at which I am eminently qualified) and of course discretion is appropriate (incl public domain statements) and I believe we will add value so we'll just have to rely on others coming to the same conclusion. Stay tuned ........
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Re: Ringwood Motor Sports Complex
« Reply #48 on: 08 Oct 2013, 04:54 PM »
 I won’t be there either, I bought a massive head cold back from Italy……and yes I did tour the Ducati factory, I looked at the factory line where my baby was born, watched a bike run in on the dyno as mine was once upon a day

Noise?  Isn’t there a motocross track next door, couldn’t be noise surely.


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Re: Ringwood Motor Sports Complex - Council Report
« Reply #47 on: 08 Oct 2013, 03:59 PM »
Actually, I see the main Council Agenda has the attached overview report which provides a four page summary of the situation and is easier to absorb than the full DA report which itself is an attachment to this summary. Council are given options to approve, reject or amend the DA.

I note the meeting starts at 5:30pm and it seems public are permitted, no idea if they are allowed questions but it would at least be reasonable to ask why the term "(not including motorbikes)" should be in any such DA approval when clearly the issues Council should care about wrt vehicle types can only be about noise, and that is already covered. This is just a question I have, but I won't be at the meeting......!

If there is any issue from the perspective of motorcycle use it should be about what the circuit owner is kind enough to allow his facility to be used for and the terms surrounding that. Gawd knows how in some way this aspect becomes something Council should have any interest in at all, it seems to be an invalid use of their powers - which of course is just my opinion not something I am well versed in!

Edit: Adding the summary text to this post:
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I just checked DA Tracker, it comes up with an error for this DA but adjacent sequence ones work fine so maybe it is locked for editing / whatever and will come good soon.

So I rang Council for an update and was told it is up for consideration tonight and the report is on the Council website - where I found the attached report. Whilst I haven't read it in detail it seems fine to me on a skim read. However formally utilising the facility for motorcycle racing needs to be done as a separate exercise, which is a bit of a nuisance but I am assured by the Council officer this should be a simple process down the track assuming the main application is approved. The bottom line is the proposal is recommended and this is what for:

THE PROPOSAL
Consent is sought for construction and use of a sealed race track (2.9km) and associated facilities including sealed pit and driver training areas and construction of primary and secondary access roads. The development will involve rehabilitation and revegetation of the existing off-road race track (3.8km).

The DA also seeks consent to use the track for the racing of motor vehicles (not including motorbikes) as follows:

Race Meetings (Category 1)
- Max of 4 events in the 7 month period between 1st October and 31st March
- Race meetings may run over a maximum of a 3 day weekend (Friday to Sunday)
- Max number of 32 vehicles on the circuit at any one time (based on track length)
- Proposed to operate between the hours of 9am to 4pm

 Supersprint and Hillclimb events (Category 2)
- Events to run over weekends (Saturday and Sunday)
- Maximum number of 8 vehicles on the circuit at any one time (starting in pairs)
- Proposed to operate between the hours of 9am to 5pm
 General track use (Category 3)
- Proposed to operate between the hours of 9am to 5pm, 7 days per week and between the hours of 9am to 10pm for a maximum of 6 Saturdays in any calendar year.
- Shall consist of the following activities (or similar):
- Restricted private practice by race cars
- General use by road registered vehicles
- Driver training
- Educational or promotional events
- Motorkhana

The applicant has indicated that future expansion of the facility may be sought for construction of garaging for 36 cars, with offices, meeting rooms and a race control centre located on the first floor and a scrutiny bay and medical room. These facilities are not proposed as part of this DA, and will require separate approval


And the conclusion:

12. CONCLUSION
After assessment of the application under the provisions of section 79C of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, it is considered the proposal is satisfactory and that the key issues of noise, flora and fauna, traffic and water quality impacts have been suitably addresses, either through provision of information or imposing conditions. Therefore, it is recommended that the application be approved subject to recommended conditions.


You can read from p31 in the report to see what the 12 pages of conditions look like!
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Re: Ringwood Motor Sports Complex
« Reply #45 on: 08 Oct 2013, 02:39 PM »
well apparently today is the big day where they all sit down and do there thing

The DA tracker is giving me an error !

Any news ?

Also any idea's on if there will be motorcycle track days ? there is gossip that bikes wont be allowed

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Re: Ringwood Motor Sports Complex - Closer, Ever Closer .....
« Reply #44 on: 20 Aug 2013, 04:01 PM »
Just had a chat to Pt Stephens Council again, they are sneaking up on it but not quite there yet. Just need to finalise the conditions of consent for Hunter Water for which a meeting is scheduled next week, then the final response should happen shortly thereafter. Then it is "the 4-5 week report preparation time before submission to Council for final approval". So my earlier expectation of
we can realistically expect the track to be approved somewhere from September to November this year.
is moving to the back end of the target range, surprise surprise!!!

I did ask how the Hillclimb Circuit extension had happened well inside the approval time for the raceway (see http://www.cams.com.au/media/news/latest-news/nsw-ringwood-circuit-upgrades for details of that track) and was told it was "a much smaller undertaking so easily handled more quickly". Make of that as you will but at least there will be two separate motorsports facilities next door to each other which will ultimately be a good thing.
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Re: Ringwood Motor Sports Complex - Some Progress!!!
« Reply #43 on: 28 Jun 2013, 11:59 AM »
all we have to do is keep on walking.
and yes indeedy, that we are. In fact, "The end is nigh" - which is a good thing this time! But "nothing good happens quickly" and of course "all good things come to those that wait" is also in the mix .......

Enough of the truisms, here's some facts! I spoke to the senior planner responsible today and Yes the mgt of Pt Stephens Council has decreed getting this DA finalised is a priority, and it is absolutely being tackled in a positive manner with every good intent of the relevant council officers to do exactly that. The reality is that it took the applicant until April and May just gone to get some critical documentation together and submit it, which provided a solid response to the various open items referred to in the EPA concurrence "approval" last Dec. This response "addressed most of the conditions" - which I think means there are no items left standing that are within their control. Ongoing noise monitoring was mentioned as a typically important item that has a lot of consequential issues hanging off it, there are others. It apparently was not a small task for the applicant to resolve the actions required to put in their final submissions, which goes a long way to explain the delays we have seen.

Now the RMS and Hunter Water are due to respond to allow a final report to be prepared to Council re the DA. That is expected to be all sorted out soon and "we are expecting weeks not months" to do this. From the time the formal report is prepared by the Planning Dept "it takes 4-6 weeks to get it before Council for determination". Obviously all parties are expecting that to be a rubber stamp, but no-one is openly assuming that. I remain optimistic.

The upshot of all this is we can realistically expect the track to be approved somewhere from September to November this year. Then of course it is construction news we will be very interested in!

Two days ago I was contacted about a new track that is proposed to be built in Dungog Shire, here is some news about that: http://hunterdog.org.au/DiscussionBoard/index.php?topic=891.msg2515#msg2515


Edit: just coming back to fulfill the above promise and want to add that another thing that was said is the DA tracker is regarded by the council officers to be "insufficient for their needs", pointing out Lake Mac was a lot better. This is just a reality not a criticism, it needs quite some work and the fact that it is apparently not being updated until the end is reached, this is only "a bad look" rather than a reflection of actual status / action. So we are advised not to be concerned about this aspect, its a different issue & a problem for others!
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Re: Ringwood Motor Sports Complex
« Reply #42 on: 26 Jun 2013, 02:25 PM »
If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.
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Was pretty drunk that night



still nothing on the DA Status


Application Stages And Status
Stage DescriptionOpen DateCompleted DateStatus
Referral - Water & Energy01/09/201126/09/2011Completed
Ext Ref - NSW RFS01/09/201102/11/2011Completed
Referral - Water & Energy10/12/2012Awaiting
Referral RTA - Roads Act10/12/2012Awaiting
External Agency Advice06/09/201102/11/2011Completed
Referral - Traffic Engineer13/09/201108/11/2011Completed
Application Information Check16/08/201116/08/2011Completed
Statutory 2 day Admin Period15/08/201117/08/2011Completed
Referred to Mgr for Allocation16/08/201113/09/2011Completed
Advertising21/11/201105/12/2011Process Completed
Admin Distribution13/09/201113/09/2011Completed
Referral - Planning13/09/2011Awaiting
Referral - Building13/09/201114/09/2011Completed
Referral - Engineer13/09/201114/12/2011Completed
Referral - Disability Access13/09/201114/09/2011Completed
Referal - Environmental Ser13/09/201116/09/2011work required
Referal - Environmental Ser22/11/201130/11/2011Completed
External Referrals01/09/201101/09/2011Completed
External Referrals06/09/201128/10/2011Completed
External Referrals10/12/201210/12/2012Completed
External Referrals10/12/201210/12/2012Completed
Further Information Required23/08/201129/08/2011Completed
Further Information Required15/12/2011Awaiting

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Re: Ringwood Motor Sports Complex
« Reply #41 on: 01 Feb 2013, 09:01 PM »
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Well, there won't be a Chrissie present on this one, but things are moving along nicely. The status on Pt Stephens Council website is as shown below. I have just rung the planning officer for an update and the short story is there is a fair bit of work to do but some important milestones have been cleared. THE most critical one was that the EPA held a "concurrence view" on issues surrounding flora and fauna which it seems they do. This means the Council has the power to approve the application, otherwise it would have been state govt level.

So now the emphasis is on sorting all the "normal" stuff, which is very much a work in progress of course between the various parties. So issues like RTA requirements, water mgt and residents' noise concerns can be reviewed and appropriate determinations made by Council. Normally these types of processes are just about deciding what the conditions of consent will be by finding workable answers for the various stakeholders.

So still a "job to do" but we can be expecting to see good news sooner than later.

Here is an interesting "behind the scenes" story on the track at Kulnurra, although from what one of our members said this is not just a "friends of friends" thing, as one of those "friends" charges since I was told the track is "bloody expensive to hire" which of course I figured meant you can hire it - but not according to the owner!
http://www.news.com.au/travel/news/love-of-fast-cars-and-a-lost-licence-drove-this-private-world-class-track/story-e6frfq80-122653320415

Here's the current DA status info:
Application Stages And Status
Stage DescriptionOpen DateCompleted DateStatus
Referral - Water & Energy01/09/201126/09/2011Completed
Ext Ref - NSW RFS01/09/201102/11/2011Completed
Referral - Water & Energy10/12/2012Awaiting
Referral RTA - Roads Act10/12/2012Awaiting
External Agency Advice06/09/201102/11/2011Completed
Referral - Traffic Engineer13/09/201108/11/2011Completed
Application Information Check16/08/201116/08/2011Completed
Statutory 2 day Admin Period15/08/201117/08/2011Completed
Referred to Mgr for Allocation16/08/201113/09/2011Completed
Advertising21/11/201105/12/2011Process Completed
Admin Distribution13/09/201113/09/2011Completed
Referral - Planning13/09/2011Awaiting
Referral - Building13/09/201114/09/2011Completed
Referral - Engineer13/09/201114/12/2011Completed
Referral - Disability Access13/09/201114/09/2011Completed
Referal - Environmental Ser13/09/201116/09/2011work required
Referal - Environmental Ser22/11/201130/11/2011Completed
External Referrals01/09/201101/09/2011Completed
External Referrals06/09/201128/10/2011Completed
External Referrals10/12/201210/12/2012Completed
External Referrals10/12/201210/12/2012Completed
Further Information Required23/08/201129/08/2011Completed
Further Information Required15/12/2011Awaiting
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Re: Ringwood Motor Sports Complex
« Reply #39 on: 14 Nov 2012, 06:41 PM »
I seriously hope something comes from this.
It pisses me off how sh*t on motor enthusiasts are in this country, and especially this state.
What, we have 2 bloody tracks and both are hours away? this needs to happen.

Agreed and they wonder why they hoon on the street!, I have to be on the freeway at 3:30 am to get to the track for 7am I don't get home until 9:30pm makes for a big effort to stay safe and legal

 

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