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4 October 2016
Labor motorsport plan to help more Canberrans get their start in racing

A re-elected Labor government will help more Canberrans get their start in motorsport, by supporting safe driving environments and better training.

Motorsports continues to draw a passionate following in the ACT, and we want to give more people - especially young people - the opportunity to get their start in motorsports racing, in supervised and disciplined environments, whilst learning driving and life skills – not on the streets of Canberra.

ACT Labor wants to support an active, healthy local community and we have a strong track record of making the right investments support local sporting groups.

The ACT Labor government has strongly supported and subsidised the use of local sporting facilities by the community. We want to continue our record in supporting emerging sports.

We are committed to improving existing infrastructure, like Circuit Mark Webber Karting Track. We know most successful motorsports people started in Karting, including Mark Webber himself.

That’s why a re-elected ACT Labor Government will:

Invest $200,000 in 2017/2-18 to fund Stage 1 of upgrades to the Circuit Mark Webber.

This will enable the Canberra Kart Racing Club, at Fairburn Park, Pialligo, to get started straight away on building their international standard track to attract events and raise the standard of our local competitors.

Provide $100K / 4 years for a Grants program for people to participate in controlled motorsports activities.

Clubs will be able to apply to offer subsidised training - already run by racing clubs. It will enable people of all ages to get involved in motorsports - like young kids getting started in Karting– like the Junior Sprockets.

It will support racing clubs deliver training for Race Officials, who run controlled motorsports activities, and for those who want to learn how to drive, ride or navigate in competition, like Rally driving.

President of Canberra Kart Racing Club, James Ordish, welcomed the announcement, saying;

“Karting is considered the first active step in any racers career. It is the primary route to organised competition and social engagement in motorsport, worldwide. It prepares drivers, both young and old for high speed, wheel to wheel racing.

“It is competitive, but also fun and family oriented. We want Circuit Mark Webber to be the best karting facility in Australia and be ready to host National and International events right here. Economic research shows that bringing Circuit Mark Webber up to international standard, boosts our local tourism activities by $170 million over the next 10 years”

"Canberra Kart Racing Club is thrilled by this announcement made by Minister Gentleman. With this funding promised by the ACT Government we will be able to commence the next stage of track upgrades.
We thank the Minister and ACT Government for their ongoing support for the extension to the 'future' - International Circuit Mark Webber,” Mr Ordish said.

Mick Doohan, Chairman of Karting Australia, and five-time MotoGP World Champion, highlighted the significance of the announcement today for the whole Karting community. He said:

“For the past two years Karting Australia has embarked upon a process of raising the image and operation of Karting in Australia to an international level. We recognise that our karting facilities are a massively important element in our strategic positioning of karting up to the elite level. Funding like this will assist in achieving these goals,” Mr Doohan said.

ACT Labor, will also seek to put our city on the national and international motorsports stage, and will also explore the feasibility of developing a bid to hold the World Rally Championships and Asia Pacific Series here in Canberra. This will involve working with the private sector to see if a consortium can be formed to bid for the next available series.

This opportunity will be assisted by new international flights direct to Canberra delivered by ACT Labor, and would be a huge boost to our tourism industry.

In addition, ACT Labor wants to recognise our motoring history here in Canberra. So a re-elected Labor government will also investigate design and establishment of a Transport and Heritage Museum at the Lanyon Homestead precinct.

ACT Labor will work with Canberra Museum and Gallery, heritage organisations like the National Trust and Canberra’s Council of ACT Motor Clubs to develop an opportunity for a museum in Lanyon.

These announcements add to our Sports and Recreation plan to make targeted investments in women and girls sport, and build even better sport and recreation facilities for families across the city - to make sure all Canberrans have access to great sporting facilities and can participate.

ACT Labor wants to make the sports in Canberra we already love even better.
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