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#1 Posted : Monday, 17 October 2005 2:03:45 AM(UTC)

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Dear Motorsport Enthusiast,

As you know, our sport has been under attack from short sighted local Councils for years. Recently they've closed Lakeside Raceway and Darlington Park to racing and literally kicked our sport out into the streets. Then, they hypocritically complain about the mysterious increase in 'hooning' on public streets and refuse to take any responsibility when anyone mentions the rising road toll.

With the exception of the over-booked facilities at Ipswich, there are no dedicated circuits or drag-strips available for regular motorsport on either the south or northside of Brisbane, Sunshine Coast or Gold Coast. There are less facilities in Queensland now than there were 30 years ago. This situation is irresponsible considering a motoring population the size of south east Queensland. Meanwhile, motoring legislation has become more restrictive and revenue raising efforts increasingly efficient.

The lack of safe, professionally operated motorsport facilities in our state is not because the finances can't be found. Local councils control whether a property can be zoned for motorsport use and none of them are giving permission. They're all devoted followers of the NIMBY (Not-in-my-backyard) decision making system.

We are asking for separate space, away from residential communities, where we can be left to enjoy our sport in a safe and responsible manner. We don't want the politicians to pay for facilities, however, we do want them to stop blocking our efforts to do the right thing.

The opportunity to voice your concern has finally been organised, but we need your participation to get the message across. We are going to support the Safe Streets 1000 and encourage you to join us.

Ian Milton
Lakeside Motor Racing Enthusiasts - President

PS: Tell a friend!

Safe Streets 1000

Organiser of this event, Rick Beddoes of Will-Wax-U is inviting people of all ages with cars and motorcycles of all styles, makes and models to come together for the biggest cruise in Queensland. We want you to be part of the expected 1000 vehicles (500 cars and 500 motorcycles) for a Sunday morning cruise down the Pacific Highway to a meeting in the Broadwater car park with guest speakers.

All proceeds of this alcohol free motorsport event will go to the Cancer Research Foundation and C.A.R.S ( Citizens Against Road Slaughter).

Date: Sunday, 11 December 2005
Start Location: Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens car park
Start Time: 11:00am
Finish Location: Broadwater car park on the Gold Coast

Registration Office: The Lakeside Cafe' in the car park (Buffet breakfast available from 8AM)
Registration Time: No later than 10:30am
Registration fee: $10 cash - payable on the day

Contact: [email protected]
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