AUSTRALIA, WESTERN AUSTRALIA, PERTH. Following the release of a draft report commissioned by the Department of Sport and Recreation which highlighted some potential issues at the Barbagallo Raceway, a meeting was held with the author of the report, DSR Motorcycling WA, Motorcycling Australia, CAMS, WA Sporting Car Club and the City of Wanneroo. The meeting was an opportunity to provide feedback and to work on some initial strategy to consider the contents and what action may be taken regarding the recommendations. Independent discussion has also taken place with all of these stakeholders individually by Motorcycling Western Australia.
Motorcycling Western Australia provided significant feedback both at the meeting and in writing ahead of the official release to the public which did result in some changes, unfortunately none of them significant. The report can now be downloaded at the Department of Sport website.
The Motorcycling WA CEO has met with the WASCC where a potential staged return to the track was agreed in principle, and formed the basis for the MWA board to approve non-racing activities to resume. At this stage the WASCC is still considering its own position and the Motorcycling WA’s Works Enhancement Programme to allow motorcycle activity to return. Motorcycling WA reiterates that the Motorcycling Australia track licence is still in place, and in fact has not been removed at any time.
In light of the unexpected findings in the report commissioned by DSR, Motorcycling WA’s Works Enhancement Programme is to be carried out in conjunction with the Motorcycling Australia track guidelines which also takes into consideration the report commissioned by DSR.
We stress that the report commissioned by DSR only expresses an opinion by the author, one that given the broad parameters used is not an opinion shared by the majority of Motorcycling Western Australia and Motorcycling Australia.
In the meantime, WASCC are embarking on their own works programme which takes into consideration some of the findings in the report commissioned by DSR. Motorcycling Western Australia are continuing to work with WASCC to ensure that some motorcycle activity can return to Barbagallo.
Please see Works Programme and dates by WASCC at www.wascc.com.au/track-upgrade-works/