Work was to have started on the new kart track at Mt Panorama this week, however an emergency declaration under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act is prohibiting work on the site for at least 30 days.
Speedcafe reports Minister Sussan Lay granted the declaration. According to Speedcafe, the kart track project has met with resistance from the local Indigenous community, which says the park contains a sacred women’s site.
President of the Bathurst Kart Club, Mark Dunbar, released the following statement:
“While we are disapointed work on the new karting track at Mount Panorama has been delayed, we acknowledge and respect the processes now underway.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank the local community and Bathurst Regional Council for their continued support for this development.”
There is a Support Karting at Mount Panorama Facebook group HERE.