Key points

  • Wakefield Park has today filed an appeal in the Land and Environment Court of NSW against Goulburn Mulwaree Council’s deemed refusal of its current development application (DA) to improve spectator, customer and administrative facilities and safeguard existing motorsport operations.
  • Draft conditions of consent proposed by Council officers would have a devastating impact on Wakefield Park Raceway’s operations and ongoing viability.
  • Wakefield Park remains committed to delivering the best possible experience and facilities for grassroots motorsport, while being a responsible local citizen.

Wakefield Park has today filed an appeal with the Land and Environment Court of NSW against the deemed refusal of a development application (DA) lodged with Goulburn Mulwaree Council in September 2020.

Draft conditions put forward by Council officers for consideration at an Extraordinary Council Meeting on 13 July 2021 would have a devastating impact on Wakefield Park Raceway. The proposed conditions seek to dramatically reduce the number of days that Wakefield Park Raceway can operate, which will directly impact the ongoing viability of motorsport operations.

The DA put forward by Wakefield Park was consistent with the noise management framework that was agreed with Council in Land and Environment Court proceedings in January 2020.

Wakefield Park has cooperated with Council throughout the DA process, investing significant time, effort and expense in responding to all Council requests. This has not led to a result that is workable for Wakefield Park, leaving no choice but to commence court proceedings.

“We strongly believe lodging an appeal is the appropriate course of action to ensure the right outcome. The conditions proposed by Council would severely limit our ability to provide the frequency and variety of events our community looks forward to every year,” said Wakefield Park Raceway Operations Manager, Dean Chapman.

The DA has been widely supported with some of Wakefield Park Raceway’s nearest neighbours writing in support of the DA and over one hundred people attending a Council meeting on 22 June. The proposed improvement works also received national attention with over 7,000 people to-date signing a petition in support of the DA. Mr Chapman acknowledges the support and says it shows how important Wakefield Park Raceway is to not just the Goulburn area, but grassroots motorsport across Australia.

“We are committed to grassroots motorsport in Australia and providing the best possible facilities for our competitors, customers, guests and spectators. We want to ensure Wakefield Park Raceway can continue to offer the best possible experience for everyone who comes here, both now and into the future,” he said.

The works proposed would greatly enhance and expand the experience competitors, spectators and guests have while visiting the track. The works are also necessary to modernise the track and ensure it remains not only a viable business going forward, but also caters to a wide variety of motorsport events.

For all enquiries, contact:

Dean Chapman
Operations Manager, Wakefield Park Raceway
P: 02 4822 2811
E: dean@wakefieldpark.com.au

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