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Unbelievable. Not dead yet, but pretty close!

As advised in my email dated 20 November 2009, a report on the WARP project was considered by Council on 25 November 2009. At this meeting, Council resolved as follows:


1   That Council approach Lower Hunter Local Councils and Gosford City Council to investigate potential sites within these local government areas for an Automotive Racing Precinct.

2   That if the investigations referred to in No 1 above result in a suitable site being identified, Council make available information relating to the research undertaken by staff on this matter.

3   That Council advise those parties that have responded to the questionnaire, provided letters of support or objection of the decision.

4   That with the exception of fulfilling the above recommendations, no further staff resource be utilised in further investigating this project.

FOR:   COUNCILLORS BEST, EATON, GRAHAM, MATTHEWS, MCBRIDE, VINCENT, WEBSTER AND WYNN
AGAINST:   COUNCILLOR SYMINGTON
 
Council will now be approaching the aforementioned Council areas to investigate potential sites for an Automotive Racing Precinct within these areas. Whilst the outcome of site investigations within Wyong Shire Council areas is undoubtedly disappointing to all involved,your interest and assistance in this project has been greatly appreciated.
 
Kind regards,
 
Kathryn Heintz
Strategic Planner
Land Use Planning
Wyong Shire Council
P.O. Box 20 ,      WYONG NSW 2259
Tel: 02 4350 5552        Fax: 02 4351 2098
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Details of the update. Whilst this makes interesting reading, particularly the detailed summary of the survey results, the short story is they are having trouble finding a good place to put the track. There is a lot of interest and they are a long way from giving up, but it is definitely a bit of a snag!

As advised in my email dated 20 October 2009, areport to Council on the WARP project has been prepared and is to be considered by Council on 25 November 2009. This report is now available for viewing on Council's website by following this link: http://www.wyong.nsw.gov.au/about/Council_meeeting_agenda_11-25-09%20web.pdf. The relevant report begins on Page 55 of the Council Business Paper.
 
Thanks again for all your interest and assistance in this project.
 
Kind regards,
 
Kathryn Heintz
Strategic Planner
Land Use Planning
Wyong Shire Council
P.O. Box 20 ,      WYONG NSW 2259
Tel: 02 4350 5552        Fax: 02 4351 2098
E-mail: [email protected]       WWW: http://www.wyong.nsw.gov.au/


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Completely by the way I have independently had verified that there already is a private race track (ahem) in Wyong! It is a "two way access track", 5.1km long, 500m straights, 100m elevation variation, fully grassed earth mounds all the way round and strictly invitation only. Costing in the vicinity of $5M - $10M I suspect the two ways are "fast" and "very effing fast". A person who scored such an invite has told me the story, and there is no way invites are going to be extended to other than a select few (not including me!). I couldn't find it on Google Earth (to satisfy my curiosity), but their image maps of Wyong area are Dec '06 and may be just before it was built. There should be a big shed full of cars nearby!

An update just in on something more relevant that IS happening in the Wyong area, and will hopefully eventually be accessible to we mere mortals without a few squillion of disposable cash, is as follows:

Dear Sir/Madam,

Wyong Automotive Racing Precinct (WARP) - Project Update #2

As part of Council's request for  Expressions of Interest (EOI) in regards to the Wyong Automotive Racing Precinct (WARP) project, Council received a completed questionnaire and/or an expression of support from you. As a result, we have retained your contact details to keep you informed on the progress of the WARP project.

As advised in my previous email, a briefing of the Councillors was held on 23 September 2009. At that briefing, Councillors were presented with the findings of the expression of interest process and also the findings of site investigations. Councillors made a decision to investigate two potential sites in more detail. These investigations are now underway and it is important to note that at this stage, a preferred site has not been selected.
 
A report to Council is now being prepared based on these further investigations. This report is expected to be considered by Council on 25 November 2009 and will be available for viewing on Council's website from Friday 20 November 2009. If there is any change to these dates, I will provide a further update.
  
Thank you for your interest in this project.
  
Kind regards,

Kathryn Heintz
Strategic Planner
Land Use Planning
Wyong Shire Council
P.O. Box 20 ,      WYONG NSW 2259
Tel: 02 4350 5552        Fax: 02 4351 2098
E-mail: [email protected]       WWW: http://www.wyong.nsw.gov.au/
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I am reliably told this idea has a considerably greater head of steam under it than the response below might indicate. However, it is very much in the detailed planning stage and nothing is certain until it is certain!

The WARP proposal was initiated when the Ringwood track was formally knocked over by the Land & Environment court. It just goes to show the latent desire of the community with Oran Park's demise, and the loss of the local speedway / brilliantly popular burn-out pad. With the amount of pressure that is in favour of these facilities we should wind up with at least one in the general vicinity some time soon (see my separate note about the Ringwood genesis).
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Hello Vince,
Thanks for your email and taking the time to fill out our questionnaire. Council will note your support for the Wyong Automotive Racing Precinct (the WARP) and include your comments in our assessment of all submissions received. We have received a large number of submissions already, so the next step will involve trying to find a suitable location for such a facility.
Your name and contact details will be added to the list for future consultations.
Kind regards,
 
Kathryn Heintz
Strategic Planner
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Wyong Shire Council
P.O. Box 20 ,      WYONG NSW 2259
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Re: Wyong Automotive Racing Precinct - Our Submission
« Reply #4 on: 17 Jul 2009, 08:13 PM »
As per the below pictures plus the following which wouldn't fit on the form:

17) We think the facility has scope to go beyond that suggested, namely the venue could be used for a gathering of associated clubs, where ride-days could be combined with "festival" type events of a social nature, rather than exclusively devoted to track-oriented events. Facilities could include open walled, roofed areas for market stalls / swap meets, open walled shelter sheds near BBQ's, toilets, showers, change rooms, club house etc. You may be aware that Old Sydney Town had this sort of infrastructure available (on the left down the bottom as you come in the main driveway) and it was particularly popular with various local social clubs, it remained available for many years after the original facility closed.
 
One problem with existing tracks is that there is one single entry point making the entire area subject to Motor sport legislation and restrictions by the motor sport governing bodies generally resulting in high priced entry tickets. Many club-level events are not interested in spectator ticket sales, only participant entry fees.
 
If an "associated social area" can be integrated with, but separated from the "race track area", possibilities arise for social events that do not have to encompass the running of a motor sport event. This "associated area" could easily be managed by Wyong Council as a "park", the same as other parks and sportsgrounds are managed. If a club has a number of people attending a track day, it could also organise a social event in the local council provided parkland separated from, but integrated with the racetrack. The track area would be under control of the track event organiser and suitable manageable gating provided between the two areas.
 
We have some experienced people in our ranks who would be happy to assist with the setting up and operational side of this facility on a voluntary basis. Please contact me on 0414 706 875 to discuss as you see fit.
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The guy who brought it to our attention (via Chris Coleman) says that Wyong council now want to hear from any interested individual, not only clubs.  Therefore, it would be a good idea for people to send in their views direct, as well as the response we will work up and submit on behalf of the club.
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The MCC's view:

I encourage all clubs with members who participate in ride-days, rider training or motorcycle sport to file a submission.
 
At minimum, fill out the Questionaire and fax or post it to the Wyong Council
http://www.wyong.nsw.gov.au/about/Motor_sport_facility_questionaire.pdf
 
The questionaire makes the assumption that each club is the organiser of the event.
This is natural, as they have clearly only spoken to specifically motor sport oriented clubs.
 
Please file a response, indicating yours is a social club, but some of your members do participate in events.
 
Question 15 is the place to indicate that other facilities, such as lecture rooms and/or BBQ facilities be provided.
 
Consider that such a venue could be used for a gathering of associated clubs, where ride-days could be combined with "festival" type events of a social nature, rather than the single-view of the facility being exclusively devoted to track-oriented events alone.
 
Most clubs within the MCC of NSW are social clubs, but we all have members who love to go for a bit of a gallop from time to time.
 
A facility that can combine social and track-oriented events is a winner for us all.
 
e.g. open walled, roofed area for market stalls, open walled shelter sheds near BBQ's, toilets, showers, changerooms
(OK, add in Q 16 to collect rainwater from the sheds for showers, toilets, etc, ban bottled water and provide bubblers, etc)
 
One problem with existing tracks is that there is one single entry point making the entire area subject to Motorsport legislation and restrictions by the motor sport governing bodies generally resulting in high priced entry tickets. Many club-level events are not interested in spectator ticket sales, only particpant entry fees.
If an "associated social area"  can be integrated with, but separated from the "race track area", possibilities arise for social events that do not have to encompass the running of a motorsport event. This "associated area" could easily be managed by Wyong Council as a "park", the same as they manage other parks and sportsgrounds.
 
e.g.. if your club has a number of people attending a track day, your club could also organise a social event in the local council provided parkland separated from, but integrated with the racetrack. The track area would be under control of the track event organiser and suitable manageable gating provided between the two areas.
 
Please file your own ideas with the Wyong Council, or take from here and add, modify or whatever, but do respond on behalf of your club
Help Wyong Council help us.
 
This is a tremendous intiative and needs support.
 
Guy Stanford
Chairman
MCC of NSW
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A breath of fresh air from our otherwise nanny state – closing date for the survey is 17/07/09. This needs to be completed by a club official. And we will!!!!

From http://www.wyongsc.nsw.gov.au/about/council_notices.html

Wyong automotive racing precinct

Council has resolved to recognise in principle the need to establish a regional Motor Sport and Driver Education facility within the Wyong Shire.
As a result, the Wyong Automotive Racing Precinct (WARP) project has been established, with a view to exploring the potential to create a Motor Sport facility which could cater for a broad range of activities, including:

•   Driver education facility (both general and race car education)
   
•   Car and motorcycle testing and racing facility for car enthusiast and club use
   
•   Dirt bike tracks
   
•   Mountain biking facility
   
•   Karting
   
•   Car dealer demonstration areas
   
•   Potential drag strip venue for street racers; and/or
   
•   Concert / event space.

Give us your views

Council is now conducting initial planning investigations in order to identify user group requirements for such a facility.

As part of these investigations Council is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from potential user groups to determine the level of interest if such a facility was established in Wyong Shire and to provide a list of requirements including the range of facilities required and potential usage level of such facilities.

Based on the outcomes of this EOI process, Council will utilise this information to investigate possible locations within Wyong Shire for development of a Wyong Automotive Racing Precinct.
Your comments are appreciated - please take a minute to fill in our survey (PDF - 78 KB)

http://www.wyong.nsw.gov.au/about/Motor_sport_facility_questionaire.pdf
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