A redevelopment of the Ballarat Kart Club’s facility is now possible thanks to a $231,000 State Government grant. The grant will allow the club to improve the racetrack and pit area, increasing grid capacity, participation and spectator viewing.
“The Club is very excited to receive this major contribution of funds from the Government, which will make a significant difference to the operation of the venue and ensure a better competitor, volunteer and spectator experience” said club Secretary, Paul Feely.
Some key points about the project:
- 107m of track extensions
- Exciting and innovative layout – rationalised to make best use of available land
- Increased grid capacity from 24 to at least 28
- Three new passing opportunities
- Multiple configurations including ‘Historic’ and ‘Long’
- Combined in grid and out grid for better use of pit space
- Better spectating area
A definitive timeline for the project has not yet been determined, however it’s likely works will not commence until after the final round of the Victorian Country Series at the venue in November.
“With more and more Victorians returning to the track, we’re giving clubs the support they need to rev up participation” said Ros Spence, Minister for Community Sport.
“Better facilities and equipment help motorsport and motorcycling clubs provide a safer and welcoming community space. I encourage local clubs to take advantage of all the opportunities the Community Motorsport Program offers.”
The Ballarat funding was one of 78 projects that shared in $1.6 million via the latest round of the Community Motorsport Program.
Four of the grants went towards infrastructure investment. Alongside the $231,000 for redevelopment of the Central Highlands Regional Karting Complex (ie, Ballarat kart track), over $292,000 was allocated for two new buildings at Bryant Park Hillclimb (Yallourn).
The Community Motorsport Program is part of the State Government’s $7.4 million Racing Into a New Era for Motorsport initiative.
According to the State Government, Motorsport in Victoria supports more than 4,000 jobs and contributes more than $806 million to the Victorian economy. Since 2014, the Government has invested more than $1.1 billion in community sporting infrastructure.
Applications for the fourth and final round of the Motorsport Club Assistance Category of the Program are still open and close on 30 June 2022. For clubs wanting further information, visit sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding.