New motorsport upgrade key to stopping illegal hoons: Andrew
A NEW multi-motorsport venue will help drive illegal hoons off the region’s streets, Mirani MP Stephen Andrew says.
Mr Andrew has backed a proposed major upgrade to the Palmyra Dragway and is pushing for State Government funding of $280,000 to deliver a new drift pad.
“The more support we can demonstrate for this project, the more likely we are of securing the $280,000 funding required through whatever means possible,” he said.
The plan has the support of Palmyra Drag Racing Club president Glenn Cunningham, who also wants to put in 9000sqm of multi-use bitumen at the dragway.
Mr Cunningham said the upgrades would give car enthusiasts a controlled environment to practise their tricks and reduce illegal hooning.
“There are lots of little motorsport clubs in Mackay that have got nowhere to go,” he said.
“If we offer them the opportunity to play with their cars in a controlled environment and have them be responsible for holding their own events, it changes the whole atmosphere.
“It makes people more responsible for organising themselves and gives them somewhere to do it.”
Mr Andrew said one of the great advantages of building a drift pad at the venue would be getting these types of activities off local roads.
“I have been contacted many times by families upset by illegal hooning in their suburban street in the middle of the night,” he said.
“No one should have put up with screeching tyres at 2am regularly, especially when you have small children trying to sleep.
“Building a dedicated facility in a safe environment away from the suburbs should help alleviate that problem so I’m hoping to see support from not only those who want to use the facility but locals who want to get more sleep.”
Earlier this month, Police Minister Mark Ryan confirmed hoon cameras would be deployed to Mackay streets as part of a crackdown on dangerous revheads.
The government is also moving to expand existing laws, including shifting the onus of proof onto the vehicle owner.
This means if the owner claimed they weren’t driving the vehicle at the time of the offence, it would be up to them to prove it.
You can view Mr Andrew’s petition about the drift pad project here.