Funding Secured for Feasibility Study into Motor Sports Park

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Published: 26th April 2022

Council will be taking the next step towards a possible Motor Sports Park after being successful in securing State Government funding for a feasibility study into the facility.

The $100,000 funding is thanks to the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy’s Building Sustainable Communities Grants, with the feasibility study itself expected to cost $130,000.

The study will provide the foundation to work with project stakeholders for the design, planning, construction and commissioning of a fully operational Motor Sports Park across several sports, associated events, and a driver-training facility.

Mayor Danielle Slade said this was tremendous news for the city.

“I know a lot of residents will be welcoming this funding,” Cr Slade said.

“A motor sports complex will go a long way to improve liveability in Mount Isa, as well as bring in plenty of tourism opportunities, with Mount Isa being in a position to host major motor sport events.

“I want to thank the State Government for providing this funding. This is the first big step of many.”

Motor Sports Complex Advisory Committee Chair and Deputy Mayor Phil Barwick said having this study is crucial in determining whether the motor sports park will be practical, sustainable and make sense financially.

“And if it is, the study will be the impetus to apply for further funding that can help make the Park a reality,” Cr Barwick said.

“Ultimately, this document will set a clear direction for the next steps to be taken.

“To support the feasibility study, Council is looking forward to engaging with the community through a survey, which will be released shortly.

“So I urge anyone with an interest in motor sports to complete the survey, as it will inform the development and design of the proposed facility.

“I am very pleased to hear Council has been successful in securing this important funding and thank the Council staff for their work in completing the application.

“Council will explore in-kind funding options to progress the delivery of the feasibility study.”

Council will soon put the feasibility study out for public tender.

Upon completion of the study, a report will go back to Council and the State Government for review.