Motor Sports Advisory Committee to be Established

Published: 16th February 2022

Council has agreed to appoint 12 local residents to the Motor Sports Advisory Committee, with an inception meeting to be held later this month.

Advisory committee members represent a broad cross-section of the community and sporting interests including a range of motors sports. Sports like time track racing, drag racing, off-road racing, go-karting, motocross and others will be up for consideration.

Council has made an application for funding to support the further exploration and development of the project.

Council is hopeful that the funding will be approved, and a more detailed feasibility is progressed.

Deputy Mayor Phil Barwick said Council had received significant community interest for the formation of a Motor Sports Park Advisory Committee, with 135 expressions of interest received in 2020.

“The feasibility study, which will encompass community input and industry standards, will give us a better idea of what will work here in the city and provide a clearer picture of the scope and scale of a motor sports park in Mount Isa,” Cr Barwick said.

“In mid-2021 we were able to lock in a trustee lease arrangement for a block of land on the eastern side of Moondarra Drive, which we are investigating as a potential site for a motor sports park.

“Things are progressing well, and we are taking steps in the right direction.”

Mayor Danielle Slade said the large number of expressions of interest received for membership to the advisory committee reflected the popularity of having a motor sports facility in Mount Isa.

“Motorsport is a billion-dollar industry in Australia and when this facility is up and running, Mount Isa will be in a position to hold events that will attract an international audience,” Cr Slade said.

“The Mount Isa community have said very loudly ‘we want this’, and I look forward to the ideas, knowledge and expertise the committee members will bring as this project progresses.”