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Posted by: VinceS
« on: 27 Aug 2020, 04:55 PM »


Circuit Italia quashes construction rumours

An aerial view of Circuit Italia showing the ‘event space’ carved into the hillside and superimposed image of T14 Complex

Developers of the new Circuit Italia motorsport complex near Newcastle have quashed rumours that the facility is under threat.
More than 30 percent of the physical construction of the 3.1km circuit has been finished, but has been put on hold due to the availability of circuit owner/developer Matthew Higgins to commit needed time to the project.
Higgins, a successful Newcastle businessman and motorsport enthusiast, announced plans for the facility back in 2015.
The recent delay in construction had created rumours in the marketplace about the actual completion of the project, which have been totally discarded by one of the project heads, former Supercars Director of Sport, Damien White.
“We understand there has been some speculation surrounding the status of Circuit Italia, but have not reacted because simply we had not been asked until you ( called,” White told
“I can confirm while the physical work of circuit construction is on hold, our work has not stopped.
“To be clear, the hold on construction has nothing to do with government funding, geology or council interference. Simply, Matthew (Higgins) is currently focused on another project.
“He is very hands on and wants to be involved and enjoy the process of circuit construction to make sure it’s exactly how he envisioned it.”
The project team engaged design consultant Matty Brabeck from Hauswerk to assist with a redesign of the permanent buildings and the use of the overall space.
Brabeck is the son of Crimsafe founder Steve Brabeck, who was co-owner of DJR Team Penske before his passing in January 2018.
White says that once reconstruction recommences, the circuit could be completed in no more than six months.
“While I’ve been busy with overall facility layout and design, my colleague, Paul Martin, is managing the site, including our significant responsibilities under our Construction Stormwater Management Plan,” said White.
“We engaged Ditchfield for the circuit construction, and they’re one third complete.
“With the same crew numbers, it would be another six months to completion.
“That said, the crew numbers can be increased to reduce the timeline if necessary. Ditchfield have been great to work with and they’re as motivated as us to see the circuit completed”.
The redesign has included a re-working of the pitlane entry to decrease entry speed and make it safer and a reduction and relocation of permanent buildings, while retaining a 12,500sqm paddock area.
“With the significant elevation changes around the circuit, and now the slower pit lane entry, we have achieved a very challenging and safe 3.1km layout,” said White.
“Our attention then turned to a review of the paddock area, pit lane and associated buildings to ensure they were efficient, and relevant to our day-to-day requirements.
“We worked with Matty Brabeck from Hauswerk over a number of months to achieve something we’re incredibly pleased with.
“In the review we concluded we would be over-serviced by constructing a traditional pit facility, as it would only be fully utilised during major events, so we relocated and reduced it, which has then created a very versatile space clear of any buildings.
“We created the ‘T14 Complex’, made up of a parc ferme and storage building, which includes office and medical spaces and the Lounge/Clubhouse, which is truly amazing.
“It’s positioned on the circuit’s edge and provides a view of the high-speed Turn 13, the braking into the Turn 14 hairpin, the kink of the final turn and all the way down the start/finish straight.”
Construction will recommence once Higgins has the available time to commit to the project.
Posted by: VinceS
« on: 13 Apr 2020, 08:06 AM »

Go for a drive and have a look over the fence maybe? But do remember to take a token bag of groceries with you!
Posted by: TopDOG
« on: 13 Apr 2020, 02:52 AM »

Anymore progress on this track anybody? I noticed the video's been taken down now and I cant see any photos of the new pits building construction  :o
Posted by: VinceS
« on: 18 Feb 2018, 08:48 PM »

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:

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"!!!
Posted by: VinceS
« 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.
Thank you.
Posted by: VinceS
« 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: and from there you can see earlier docs. Otherwise go here and put in street and suburb:
Posted by: VinceS
« 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.
Posted by: Brett
« 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...
Posted by: VinceS
« 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 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!
Posted by: Brett
« 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.
Posted by: VinceS
« 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.
Posted by: TopDOG
« 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
Posted by: VinceS
« 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!
Posted by: TopDOG
« on: 08 Dec 2016, 06:56 PM »

A look at the track so far!!
Posted by: VinceS
« on: 04 Aug 2016, 12:29 PM »

Yep, it is here:

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.
Posted by: VinceS
« on: 04 Aug 2016, 11:42 AM »

For anyone that didn't see the Newspaper article last week, details are here: 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!
Posted by: VinceS
« on: 07 Jun 2016, 12:44 AM »

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...!
Posted by: TopDOG
« 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
Posted by: Sammydog
« 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.
Posted by: VinceS
« 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 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!
Posted by: Sammydog
« 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.

Posted by: VinceS
« 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
Applicant AddressPO BOX 831 NEWCASTLE  NSW  2300
 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
Posted by: VinceS
« 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
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
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: and add your name to this: - I did.
Posted by: Chris
« on: 25 Jul 2014, 10:43 PM »

been quite some time since we heard any updates on this, is it still going ahead?
Posted by: VinceS
« on: 12 Mar 2014, 12:14 PM »

 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:

 More details below, from: (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.

Ringwood Hillclimb

Extention of track nearly completed.

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.

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.

CASAR Park (Wyong)

Still obtaining funding and in-kind support for DA and construction. Council will contribute significantly towards costs of DA.
Posted by: Colinoz
« 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.

Posted by: Chris
« 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?
Posted by: VinceS
« on: 05 Feb 2014, 07:47 PM »

See and

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!!!
Posted by: VinceS
« 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:
Posted by: Chris
« on: 30 Jan 2014, 03:30 PM »

Any updates?
Posted by: VinceS
« on: 09 Oct 2013, 09:42 PM »

DA update.
View this email in your browser


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.

Copyright © 2013 Ringwood Raceway, All rights reserved.
Posted by: VinceS
« 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.
Posted by: VinceS
« 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 ........
Posted by: shippy__
« 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.

Moderator edit: Removed comment that could be misinterpreted by others, a momentary lapse from the "massive head cold" and I hope you get well soon!
Posted by: VinceS
« 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: