Racing to a mediation for days
MEDIATION was the outcome favoured by most councillors when the decision of whether or not to approve 40 race days for Carnell Raceway was voted on last week.
The decision to enter into mediation with the applicants and submitters has subsequently deferred any official decision regarding the Stanthorpe and District Sporting Car Clubs application.
SDSCC president Ian Rigg said he was pleased with the decision made by the Southern Downs councillors.
"It is a better outcome as far as the club is concerned," Mr Rigg said.
"We have always been keen to go down this path if needed."
Mr Rigg said at this stage the club was still waiting to receive advice from council about what they had to do next.
Property owners and residents from the area surrounding Carnell Raceway, who were contacted, wished to reserve comment until they had more information about and understanding of the upcoming process.
The date, time and venue for the mediation meeting are yet to be determined.
Mary Rofe: If the neighbours are happy, what is the problem? However the word mediation implies that some neighbours may be unhappy so let's hope common sense prevails - once a week or less is hardly going to be an issue.
Mindi Devine: The people who come to Stanthorpe to use the race track are bringing thousands of dollars to the town each time there a meet is on and there is no way anyone can say that it is not an economic boost to the local businesses! As someone who does go to Stanthorpe only to use the race track, I know what my friends and I spend within the area. This race track was built before the houses which surround it, so anyone who built/buys in that area would be foolish to complain about the "noise" as surely it would be known to them that the race track was there before they moved in. The track is a fabulous facility for the town of Stanthorpe to have and to let it sit there unused is just a wasted opportunity.
Jakob Ghiggioli: I'm a racer and I see both points to this argument, I've just moved to the area and already compared to other raceways the restrictions are quite heavy. Other tracks of the same size and smaller hold open track days once or twice a month, whereas Carnell holds none that I know of and when they hold events they're few and far apart. I really can't see the point in dampening possible income streams to Stanthorpe. Look at the sheer amount of people that flooded Stanthorpe when stadium drift was on?