Page 116 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 25 February 2014

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Finally, I would like to commend all those in Holt who have worked towards this petition. In particular, I would like to thank Phil Harris, who was the principal petitioner for the e-petition and did so much work in gathering signatures for so many of the 600 or so people who put their names to this petition.

Southern District Motorsports Association

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella) (5.40): Tonight I rise to talk about an event that I attended last Sunday, 23 February, the Southern District Motorsports Association’s annual HeartKids Hillclimb. The HeartKids Hillclimb is the ACT fundraising event where the motorsport community gets behind this great cause of assisting the sole Australian charity focused on childhood heart disease.

I, along with 41 other competitors, took part in this event, which was only the second event to be held on the freshly resurfaced track. The new track is a result of a $150,000 grant from the ACT government. The day was enjoyed by all who attended, from the competitors to the heart kids themselves. I would like to take a special moment to congratulate all those who worked towards organising this event, which raised over $9,000 for this deserving charity. These funds will continue to assist local children with childhood heart conditions with support, awareness, advocacy and research into the conditions that they may be facing.

This great community event would not have been possible without the support of the major event sponsors, including the Duxton, the Loft, Tongue & Groove, Ox Eatery, the Hospitality Store and the Southern District Motorsports Association.

The SDMA is a great example of what grassroots motorsport can do as a collective. The group mainly funds and maintains itself, both financially and through donations of time from club members and the surrounding community. One day a month is dedicated to track maintenance, and this day is frequently well attended. CAMS-licensed drivers can start at the early age of 15. The challenge of hill climbing lies in each driver’s battle against the clock as they attempt to cover the course in the shortest possible time. So that similar cars can compete against each other, the entries are divided into types and classes. Each driver enjoys their own personal race against the clock and also competes against other drivers in cars of similar performance eager to get around the hill in the fastest time. The ultimate achievement at each event is to establish the fastest time of the day.

I would like to take this moment to congratulate the competitors, with several posting new records and personal best times. In no particular order, they were Jamie Ericson, Anita Ballard, Kieran Purves, David Leaney, Iain Chandler, Colin Roberts, Mathew Corby, Stephen Delaney, Scott Taylor, Sue-Ellen Beulah, Justin Eeles, Colin Chandler, Matthew Ward, Veronika Galinec, Louise Roy, Reece McIntosh, Ross Kelly, Peter Browning, Brenton Desmond, Michael Primrose, Jonathon Primrose, Joseph Nathan, Todd Wilson, David Yates, Keiran Morecombe, Matthew Walsh, Tony Smart, David Dowling, Matthew Phillips, Matthew Scott, Daniel Cummins, Stephen Pembrey, Jon Waterhouse, Andrew Lombe, Dick Bates, Brett Jorgensen, Michael Gallon, Ben Lockley, Steve Smith, Andrew Cassie and Barrie Smith.

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