Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 22 February 2018) . . Page.. 620 ..
MS BERRY: I thank Mr Pettersson for his question. The ACT government is committed to supporting new participation in motorsport through the improvement of existing infrastructure at the Circuit Mark Webber track. On 31 January 2018, the ACT government announced a $200,000 grant to the Canberra Kart Racing Club to support an upgrade of the Circuit Mark Webber track.
I know that Mr Gentleman has a keen interest in the track, as does Ms Cody. The feedback they have had so far is that the government’s new investment and how it will transform Circuit Mark Webber into an international standard track have been very well received by the community. I noted the positive comments across Facebook after the announcement was made.
Works on the upgrade are expected to commence in the coming months, and they will be completed in 2019 for the community to enjoy.
MR PETTERSSON: How will the upgrade improve the ability of the Canberra Kart Racing Club to attract new local participants and visitors from interstate?
MS BERRY: This is very exciting for the Mark Webber Canberra Kart Racing Club. It will bring the facility up to international standards. The Canberra kart club and Karting Australia will now have the chance to host a range of events. These will include state and national championships, as well as international competitions, attracting both interstate and international visitors to the ACT.
Events that the track will become capable of hosting include stages of the pro tour or Australian Pro Karting series, which can attract 200 or more karters and up to 800 spectators.
MR STEEL: Minister, how is the government’s investment leveraging other improvements at the track?
MS BERRY: The extension of the Circuit Mark Webber track represents stage 1 of a broader suite of improvements the Canberra kart club wish to progress over time. These include an extension to the existing fencing and an addition to existing fencing; realignment and extension of existing gravel driveway; new ancillary building; resurfacing an existing section of the track; screen plantings; new or upgraded pit areas, including a new officials and kart weigh area; and new water sensitive urban design ponds. In addition to self-financing and in-kind support, the Canberra kart club will be partnering with Karting Australia through the Karting Australia track development fund to access additional funds to support further upgrades.
Madam Speaker, I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.
Supplementary answers to questions without notice
Light rail—WorkSafe ACT notices
MR RAMSAY: In my answer to yesterday’s question from Mr Coe about WorkSafe notices in relation to light rail, I indicated that there had been six prohibition notices. I am advised that that number is five, rather than six. I also note that this responds to a