Wakefield Park management has moved to reinforce the venue’s commitment to grass-roots motorsport, following an overwhelming response to the development application (DA) for pit facility and corporate upgrades that was announced last week.
A key component of the DA process is a community consultation program, in which interested members of the public have been invited to share their thoughts on the proposed improvements via the Wakefield Park website or in person at two “drop-in” sessions to be held next week.
Wakefield Park Venue Manager Dean Chapman said the feedback already received through the Wakefield Park website has been tremendous.
“We’ve had a massive response to our planned construction projects through the Wakefield Park website, which is terrific – it shows people are passionate about the facility and want to see it prosper,” Mr Chapman said.
Many of the comments have highlighted Wakefield Park’s reputation as an affordable and pleasant venue that caters for “grass-roots” motorsport competitors and categories, and Mr Chapman is reassuring people that this will not change.
“We’ve had a lot of positive responses, but a consistent theme to emerge from the comments is that one of Wakefield Park’s best assets is its friendly vibe, and there have been some concerns that our planned improvements might take this away – I want to assure everyone that this won’t be the case,” he said.
Another common desire raised through website submissions was the request for the track itself to be upgraded or resurfaced; Mr Chapman said this is also on the cards.
“While a track resurfacing project might not be part of this particular DA, that’s not to say it isn’t part of our strategic vision for the venue, because it most certainly is,” Mr Chapman said.
“From a business perspective, we see the pit and corporate building upgrades as a means of attracting different types of customers and events, from which we can channel the revenue into improvements for other aspects of the facility.”
Mr Chapman is encouraging members of the Goulburn community and motorsport fraternity to continue submitting feedback.
“All the responses we’re receiving from the website are extremely useful in our DA submission, and we’re reminding everyone about the drop-in information sessions next week as well – they will be an opportunity for people to have a more detailed look at our plans and ask us questions,” Mr Chapman concluded.
Wakefield Park DA – Community Information and Drop-In Sessions
Wakefield Park Raceway
4770 Braidwood Road, Tirrannaville NSW 2580
Tuesday, 1 September – 4:00pm-6:00pm
Saturday, 5 September – 11:00am-2:00pm