WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH RACING AT LAKESIDE PARK?
The following is a statement from Queensland Raceways CEO, John Tetley.
Firstly, thank you to all the people who have rung me and expressed both concern and support for the continuation of racing activities at Lakeside. Over the past 19 years, it has been this level of personal support which has kept me fighting for my grass roots customers who just want to enjoy their
motorsport for what it is. I also wish a pox on all those that have caused this situation to arise because of their incessant, selfish, whingeing.
Let’s get one thing straight - we are not closing Lakeside down; we have had to implement a suspension of racing activities at Lakeside Park until the bureaucrats and Moreton Bay Regional Council (MBRC) provide the protection that a community asset like Lakeside deserves - both morally and legally.
Thousands of people
have spent hundreds of dollars modifying their cars to meet a sound limit that is lower than it should be. As a “Sports Ground” Lakeside would be permitted a sound level of Leq15 of 75dB(A) BUT as an “Outdoor Entertainment Venue” Lakeside is only permitted an Leq15 of 70dB(A). I have been informed that Lakeside has breached the 70dB(A) on six occasions so far this year and might have breached the 75dB(A) on four occasions in the last 10 years.
If Ernest Hemingway was right,
and he was, when he said:
“There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games.”
Why can’t Lakeside be recognised as a sporting ground? Especially given the demonstrated huge public support for all motorsport venues in Queensland to be recognised as sporting grounds.
How was that demonstrated?
You may recall that John Goss put a petition in front of Parliament with more than 18,000 signatures requesting that
the state government recognise motorsport venues as “Sports Grounds”.
Despite this huge number of signatures this petition was put aside by Jeff Seeney in the then Campbell Newman government. It has not made it onto the agenda of the current government, although there is significant support for it from some of the members.
We have had discussions with the MBRC to get this recognition for at least seven years and had general consensus that Lakeside is entitled to be recognised as
a sports ground - but it never actually happens.
Make no mistake about it, what we are talking about here is a stroke of the pen by the appropriate bureaucrat.
So why hasn’t it happened? The real answer to that question may never come to light but it would appear that the MBRC is under pressure from the Ombudsman to “enforce to the fullest extent of the law” as a result of pressure from the two continual vexatious complainers.
So, what changed and brought this to a
QR has received fines totalling $29,100 (three fines of $9700 each) since August and that is the game changer.
We have declared our intention to fight these fines in court and have engaged lawyers and acoustic engineers to assemble the case against the current breaches and mount the case; that if we were to be judged under the correct zoning these infringement notices would not have been issued.
Our hope is that this will bring things to a head sooner rather than
later so that we can commit to conduct race meetings because, either MBRC withdraws the infringements pending resolution of the sports grounds issue, or we get to court early enough to get clarity on where Lakeside will stand in the future.
As most of you already know from our fight with the Ipswich City Council, even without the support of CAMS, we will not give up and go quietly; albeit not above Leq:75dB(A) anyway. Nor do we wish to put our prices up just to be able to pass that
money through to the payment of fines to the MBRC. Fair is fair; we have no desire or moral grounds to ask our customers to make yet more sacrifices to appease two selfish people in our community.
We must give the politicians and bureaucrats the support they need to say
“enough is enough”.
As mentioned above, thousands of you have spent money trying to appease people who refuse to recognise the value of your contribution to their goodwill. This has to end somewhere
and it is up to the relevant authorities to recognise your rights; and the fact that you are willing to stand up for them too.
We inherited Lakeside from our grandparents; let’s make sure our grandchildren
CEO ~ Queensland Raceways
If you want to see a resumption of racing activities at Lakeside, you need to make your point, politely but firmly to:
Division 7 Cr, Denise Sims: Denise.Sims@moretonbay.qld.gov.au
Ch of Plan’g, MBRC, Mick Gillam Mick.Gillam@moretonbay.qld.gov.au
Dep Mayor, Mike Charlton: Mike.Charlton@moretonbay.qld.gov.au
Allan Sutherland: Mayor@moretonbay.qld.gov.au
Shane King, MLA Kurwongbah@parliament.qld.gov.au
Mark Ryan, Min. Police Morayfield@parliament.qld.gov.au
Stephen Miles, Min. for Health Murrumba@parliament.qld.gov.au
Remaining Events at Lakeside Park in 2018
Saturday October 27: Time Attack
Sunday October 28: Chrome
Bar Bonanza #2
Saturday November 3: Lakeside Street Sprints
Sunday November 4: Lakeside Drags Road Trip
Saturday November 10: Track Action Ride Day
Sunday November 11: Lakeside Open Sprints
November 16-18: QRDC #6
Sunday November 25: All Asian Day
Saturday December 1: Notta Grand Prix
Sunday December 2: Track Action Ride Day
Saturday December 8: Practice & Street Sprints
Sunday December 9: Lakeside Off-Street Drags
Wednesday December 12: Mid-Week
Friday December 14: Track Action Ride Day.
The final Chrome Bar Bonanza of 2018 will be held THIS SUNDAY!
The Chrome Bar Bonanza, at Lakeside Park, is open to all vehicles originally built with chrome bars. It doesn't matter if they have been removed or painted over!
With over three (3) hours of cruising throughout the day, Show n' Shine, 1/8th mile drags
and kids entertainment it's a great day out!
If you have a chrome bar classic be sure to bring it along for a great family day out at Lakeside Park!
Trophies will be awarded to the best entries.
VIP PACKAGES HAVE SOLD OUT!
Cruises start from 9am
Venue - Lakeside Park, Kurwongbah
Spectator Entry - $10
Cruises - 1-3 $20 (30min cruises), 4-10 $10 (20min cruises)
Gates Open - 7.30am
The first Thursday in November will be the scene of the next Track Action Moto Ride Day, this time at Queensland Raceway.
You can get involved for as little as $160 - book your spot via the Racers Website.
The next T.A.M.R.D at Lakeside Park will be on Saturday, November 10!
Ride days are exciting and fun on-track
experiences for all riders, from first timers through to seasoned track day junkies, who prefer riding on a closed race track environment, rather than public roads.
We cater for all levels of riders, with four individual groups that a rider can chose from, according to their experience and ability.
Our Ride Days won't feature any racing, nor will they be practice days for racing events. They are aimed squarely at the leisure ride day motorcyclists, wanting to have a fun
day at the track.
Track Action Ride Days 2018
Thursday November 1 | Queensland Raceway ($160)
Saturday November 10 | Lakeside Park ($210)
Saturday November 24 | Queensland Raceway ($190)
Sunday December 2 | Lakeside Park ($210)
Friday December 14 | Lakeside Park ($180)
Friday December 21 | Queensland Raceway
If you're looking to start your weekend with a bit of thrill-seeking adventure, then our V8 Race Experience is right up your alley.
Girls, this is the ultimate gift for your ultimate guy.
It's not too late to book your spot in this weekend's V8 Race Experience, which will be conducted at Queensland Raceway on Saturday morning.
Queensland Raceways plays host to multiple
V8 Race Experience days throughout the year, where YOU have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a V8 Race Car.
Get yourself behind the wheel of a V8 for as little as $199, with our 6-lap drive experience.
Feel like more? $299 will get you 9 Laps behind the wheel.
If you want to take your thrill seeking to the next level, for just $99, get strapped in for some hot-laps, with one of our experienced driving instructors at the
Driving a proper V8 race car around the Queensland Raceway circuit is a once in a lifetime experience - don't miss your chance to get in the thick of the action.
For more information, visit the V8 Race Experience page on our website, and to book your experience, e-mail our team: email@example.com.
Saturday November 10
Sunday November 25
The last of the headline events for 2018 - the Ipswich Classic, at Queensland Raceway - is now under a FORTNIGHT away.
The event will signal the end of the 2018 season for the Queensland Touring Car Championship, the HQ Holden Championship, Queensland Classic Sports Sedans, and the Australian
Trans-Am Series, and will be the last event staged at QR for 2018.
The event will be headlined by the Bushranger 200 - the second annual Excel Endurance Showdown, which will be held on the Sunday afternoon, after Round 7 of the Track Attack Australia Excel Cup is contested the day before.
Also featuring, Group N, Formula Vee, QR Sports and Sedans and Production Sports.
In total, nine categories, 36
races for you to enjoy, at the biggest Queensland Raceway event of the season.
Entries are OPEN, but will close on Monday, October 29.
Unofficial Practice will commence at 8:30am on Friday, November 2.
Weekend Pass: $40
Kids 12 and Under: FREE ALL WEEKEND.
FRIDAY NIGHT DRIFT:
RETURNS NOVEMBER 9
Get sideways at Queensland Raceway, and start your weekend right, with Friday Night Drift - the third last one of the year - on Friday November 9.
Gate Opens - 4.30pm
On Track From - 6.00pm
Track Closes at 9:30pm | Skid pan closes at 10pm
Entry Fees - $100 Track & Skid Pan, $60 Skid Pan only, $20 spectators.
2018 ROAD TRIP
Next weekend, Drag Enthusiasts will embark on their 2018 Road Trip, which will commence at Willowbank, head to Warwick, and then conclude at Lakeside Park.
The event commences Saturday morning, and concludes on Sunday afternoon.
Entries are open, but filling fast - get yours in now, to avoid missing out.
Trip is designed for mates, friends and family to enjoy a great weekend away, tripping around whilst putting down some fast passes on the drag strip,
Road registered cars ONLY.
- Online entries ONLY.
- 3 tracks, Willowbank, Warwick and Lakeside.
- 8 classes with BIG $$ in prize money up for grabs.
- All 3 tracks will be 1/8th mile passes.
- DYO Ladies Class E.
- NO trailoring of competitor cars, if its on a trailer its out.
- The changing of tyres from the road to
the track IS permitted.
- Each competitor must drive their car between all 3 tracks.
Following a postponement, due to weather, the rescheduled October night of Roll Racing SOLD OUT last Saturday evening.
The eliminator was won by Dean Ferris in his Ford Escort. He now receives a FREE entry into the next Roll Racing night.
The final Roll Racing of 2018 will be staged on Saturday, December 1, and with big numbers expected, competitors are
encouraged to get their entry in - the field will be capped at 110.
Taking the Racing off the streets and onto the circuit. Roll Racing Brisbane will be all the street style racing you can handle without the risk of getting in trouble!
Roll Racing is all about having fun with your car and your mates and actually driving your car. We have designed this event to give you as much track time as possible and we strictly limit numbers to
make sure you get value for money as an entrant.
Open to all types. So come see domestics, imports and supercars battle it out!
Gates open at 4:30pm | Racing from 6pm | Eliminators from 9pm.
Driver Entry - $50
Spectator Entry - $10
Passenger Bands - $5