Karting NSW has today revealed it has come to settlement with Karting Australia regarding one of the matters currently before the courts, and that KA has been unsuccessful at reclaiming safety grants it provided to a number of clubs.
According to the KNSW press release, there are now only two legal matters outstanding with KA; the Track Development Fund and a copyright claim (however, KA is still taking action separately with several KNSW clubs over timing equipment).
The Karting NSW statements are below:
KARTING AUSTRALIA UNSUCCESSFUL IN RE-CLAIMING “SAFETY GRANTS”
Australian Karting Association Limited (Karting Australia) was today unsuccessful in the Sydney Local Court in its attempt to seek repayment of over $27,000 plus interest in “safety grants” provided to Coffs Harbour Kart Racing Club Inc, Grenfell Go-Kart Club Inc and Lismore Kart Club (KNSW Member Clubs).
Ms Alsters, Chair of Karting (New South Wales) Inc (KNSW) said “Karting Australia was claiming that as a result of the expulsion of KNSW in January 2019, the KNSW Member Clubs were in default of their Safety Grant Agreement and demanded repayment of the grant monies plus interest”.
The KNSW Member Clubs wished to thank Mr Mitch Lozina and Mr Graeme Hancock for their legal assistance on this matter and can now focus back on growing participation for regional karting in New South Wales.
KNSW AND KARTING AUSTRALIA SETTLE FIRST LEGAL CASE
Karting (New South Wales) Inc (KNSW) and the Australian Karting Association Limited (Karting Australia) have come to an agreement to settle one of the many matters currently before the courts.
Newly appointed Chair of KNSW, Ms Alsters said “It has been past practise not to make public comment on matters currently before the courts, but it makes sense to keep our members and karting community informed that KNSW has agreed to settle this small matter, so that our legal team can focus their attention on the more substantive matters before the courts.”
The KNSW Board confirmed that last year, it had issued cross-claims against Karting Australia in two sets of proceedings initiated by Karting Australia. The first cross-claim deals with the proper financial administration of the AKA Track Development Fund. The other cross-claim challenges a claim to ownership of copyright in a number of documents, including the national karting manual as well as the validity of the Karting Australia trademark. Proceedings for both matters are ongoing.
Ms Alsters commented that “the focus for the KNSW Board has always been, and continues to be, to provide its member clubs and licence holders a fun, cost-effective, competitive and safe karting competition. Obviously, dealing with legal proceedings is always an unnecessary distraction, but despite the unprecedented number of karting matters before the courts over the last 12 months, KNSW continues to deliver a competitive alternative karting competition.”
“KNSW’s philosophy is simple; karting is more than just a business. It is a community of officials, volunteers and karters that have spent many thousands of hours giving their time, effort and advice for the benefit, betterment and enjoyment of the sport. We have been delivering on that for 33 years and look forward to delivering on that for many more years to come.”