The new Shoalhaven Motorsport Complex in New South Wales edged closer to reality this week, when a development application for the $15 million facility was lodged with Shoalhaven City Council.
Motorcycling NSW is the not-for-profit organisation behind the new complex, with the chosen location on a 70 hectare parcel of land at Yerriyong, just south of Nowra, already accommodating existing motorcycle facilities.
The new complex would include sealed and unsealed racing surfaces for both cars and bikes, along with driver and rider training facilities and the ability to host community events, new vehicle launches and even television commercials.
Organisers expect the new complex to inject millions of dollars into the local economy annually, in a part of Australia with high unemployment. A view echoed by Australian motorcycle legend turned television commentator, Kevin Magee.
“This is a very significant day for Motorcycling NSW,” Motorcycling NSW President, Christine Tickner, said.
“Our organisation has long had a dream of establishing a regional centre to cater for a broad range of competition for road and dirt motorcycles, cars and go-karts, as well as rider and driver training and other community activities.”
Motorcycling NSW has already invested $400,000 into the project, using Shoalhaven-based consultants to prepare the DA as a “down payment” towards further investment in the area.
An environmental impact survey, traffic study, Indigenous heritage study and bushfire control measures have all been conducted in preparation for the new complex.
Shoalhaven Mayor and recently retired Member of Federal Parliament, Councillor Joanna Gash, said she was “extremely excited” to welcome Motorcycling NSW to the Shoalhaven.
“This is the kind of attraction we have never had before,” Cr Gash said. “It will be an excellent new avenue for sport in the area, particularly for our young people, as well as being of great economic benefit for the region.”
Pending necessary approvals, Cr Gash said work on the Shoalhaven Motorsport Complex could begin late this year or early in 2015.
Thanks to Noel Downey for the dirt track photography.