GENERAL

The Confederation of Australian Motorsport (CAMS) is encouraged by funding commitments announced by the current Northern Territory government and opposition, ahead of the Territory’s election in August.

Both the Country Liberal and Labor parties have allocated funding to upgrade existing infrastructure for a range of motorsport facilities and initiatives.

“Having advocated motorsport to the Northern Territory Government for the last couple of years, it is encouraging that we are seeing real progress with the way government is getting behind both professional and club level motorsport, not just in the Territory but across Australia,” commented CAMS CEO, Eugene Arocca.

“We are thrilled to learn both the current Northern Territory government and opposition have included motorsport as a prominent part of their election campaign, and CAMS is excited by the potential for further activity in the region.”

Supercars recently confirmed a deal that will ensure racing at Hidden Valley until 2030, with a night race to potentially occur from 2018.

“Motor racing at night would be an amazing spectacle and undoubtedly make for excellent television,” added Arocca.

“Hopefully, night-time racing will inspire even more Australians to participate in our sport, and possibly trigger other state governments to look at investing further in grass roots motorsport.”

Northline Speedway

The Northern Territory is already the home to some of Australia’s most popular motorsport events, from large scale events such as the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship round at Hidden Valley and the Finke Desert Race, through to karting, drifting, drag racing, motorcycling, and club level motorsport.

Country Liberals
• $8 million over four years to Motorsports NT for ongoing motorsports event and infrastructure funding.
• Replace Motorsports House at Hidden Valley with a contemporary structure that includes a viewing balcony, corporate meeting area, administration facilities and upgraded office systems.
• Install lighting at Hidden Valley Complex for night racing and other public events.
• Upgrade the computer race timing system for the Hidden Valley Drag Racing Association.
• Top End Motor Cross Club (Palmerston) to complete track lighting to Motor Cycling Australia standards.
• Hidden Valley Drag Racing Association to replace existing track lighting with LED and provide an extended cover braking area.
• Darwin Karting Association to cover open drains within the track confines, replace the sewerage system and improve the lighting system to meet new Karting Australia standards.
• North Australian Motorsports to upgrade computer and timing systems.
• Top End Mud Racing Association for electrical and track lighting upgrades.
• DSDRA (Northline Speedway) to fence off the stairs near the pit office and for pit lighting and a new canteen for the back straight.
• Mobile canteen for Darwin Motor Cycle Club.
• Territory Quads Association to provide fencing, a water supply and toilets; and a tractor, slasher and rotary hoe to be share with Top End Mud Racing Association.
• Top End Road Racing Association for air fence deploying and a trailer.
• Katherine Motorsports Complex to install ring main and separate mains and toilet facilities.
• Katherine Motorsports Complex to fence the complex and provide a new entry.
• Katherine Off Road Motorcycle Sport Club to improve safety standards to meet the minimum national requirements for MotoX racing events and to upgrade existing club facilities to benefit members, competitors and visitors.

Labor
• $6M to replace the 50-year-old Motorsports NT administration facilities at Hidden Valley.
• $1.3M for the Hidden Valley Drag Racing Association, for the upgrade of lighting to LED and added cover breaking area.
• $1M to the @Top End Motor Cross Club for track lighting within Motor Cycling Australia lighting requirements and reduced expenditure of hire lighting and generators.
• $500,000 to the Finke Desert Race Masterplan, including improvements to the finishing straight, rainwater tanks, a multipurpose shed and improved lighting facilities.
• $1M to install ring main and separate mains along with toilet facilities at Katherine Motorsports Complex.
• $1.6M to install a permanent clubhouse, race control tower and canteen facilities to replace existing containers at the Central Australian Drag Racing Association.
• $1.65M to upgrade of safety walls, fencing, lighting at the Tennant Creek Speedway Club to enable compliance with National Speedway Association safety requirements.
• $2M annually over 4 years to Motorsport NT.
• An appropriate parcel of Crown Land to be leased to the Alice Springs Rally Club.