Motorsport Precinct

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Revised Concept Plan

As a result of community engagement in August 2020, the following changes have been made to the concept plan:

  • Drag strip removed from the circuit and relocated along the frontage of the site. This change will remove the potential degradation (between drag strip and circuit) and cross contamination with the circuit and may allow for the potential expansion of the 1/8 mile drag strip into a ¼ mile drag strip to the land to the north;
  • Realignment of the Speedway Circuit to an oval shape (previously based on the Rockhampton Showground dimensions) to allow for longer straights and more passing opportunities;
  • Inclusion of a Burnout Pad;
  • Inclusion of a commercial area (for example service station);
  • Relocate the remote control car track adjacent to the welcome centre. A key aim is to provide all the tourist / day-to-day operations into the one area of the site (Go-Karts, remote control car track, driver training, welcome centre and commercial area);
  • Combine Motorcross and Supercross tracks together;
  • Adjust the twin mud racing track to allow for a run off and pit area;
  • Provide more centralised parking by relocating the BMX track to the southern boundary;
  • 4x4 trail combined with general off-road area for mud sports;
  • Remove all tracks and camping areas from the creek / biodiversity corridor;
  • Extend the camping area along the western boundary; and
  • Provide additional trees for shade along viewing banks, buffer to the residents to the north and west of the site and to improved visual amenity.

Click here to view the Revised Concept Plan

Community Engagement – Round 1

Council commenced the first round of community engagement in August (3 August – 24 August) for the proposed motor sports precinct. The feedback received from the community and stakeholders was important to understand issues and design consideration to inform the master planning process (concept plan and technical assessments).

During the consultation period, Council received a total of 526 submissions (including a petition containing 157 signatures). All submissions received have been reviewed and used to guide an updated concept plan as well being considered by the technical assessments (currently underway). The Community Engagement Report outlines all the matters raised by the community with a response on how Council can address or mitigate the issue/s raised.

Click here to view the Community Engagement Report – August 2020


Revised Concept Plan

As a result of community engagement in August 2020, the following changes have been made to the concept plan:

  • Drag strip removed from the circuit and relocated along the frontage of the site. This change will remove the potential degradation (between drag strip and circuit) and cross contamination with the circuit and may allow for the potential expansion of the 1/8 mile drag strip into a ¼ mile drag strip to the land to the north;
  • Realignment of the Speedway Circuit to an oval shape (previously based on the Rockhampton Showground dimensions) to allow for longer straights and more passing opportunities;
  • Inclusion of a Burnout Pad;
  • Inclusion of a commercial area (for example service station);
  • Relocate the remote control car track adjacent to the welcome centre. A key aim is to provide all the tourist / day-to-day operations into the one area of the site (Go-Karts, remote control car track, driver training, welcome centre and commercial area);
  • Combine Motorcross and Supercross tracks together;
  • Adjust the twin mud racing track to allow for a run off and pit area;
  • Provide more centralised parking by relocating the BMX track to the southern boundary;
  • 4x4 trail combined with general off-road area for mud sports;
  • Remove all tracks and camping areas from the creek / biodiversity corridor;
  • Extend the camping area along the western boundary; and
  • Provide additional trees for shade along viewing banks, buffer to the residents to the north and west of the site and to improved visual amenity.

Click here to view the Revised Concept Plan

Community Engagement – Round 1

Council commenced the first round of community engagement in August (3 August – 24 August) for the proposed motor sports precinct. The feedback received from the community and stakeholders was important to understand issues and design consideration to inform the master planning process (concept plan and technical assessments).

During the consultation period, Council received a total of 526 submissions (including a petition containing 157 signatures). All submissions received have been reviewed and used to guide an updated concept plan as well being considered by the technical assessments (currently underway). The Community Engagement Report outlines all the matters raised by the community with a response on how Council can address or mitigate the issue/s raised.

Click here to view the Community Engagement Report – August 2020

  • 3 August 2020

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    13 Oct 2020

    Council have announced the next steps for the region to become home to a high level, multi-purpose motorsports precinct.

    A conditional contract has been entered into for a preferred site at 53199 Burnett Highway, Bouldercombe.

    Master planning is currently underway to determine the suitability of the preferred site for the motorsport precinct. Community engagement will take place as part of this project to ensure it meets community values and provides the greatest environmental, economic and social benefit to the region. Early consultation with stakeholders is required to understand requirements, issues and guiding principles in the development of a master plan. Residents and motor sporting groups will have multiple opportunities to be involved throughout the development process.

    The new precinct will have multiple uses such as:

    • Speedway
    • Motorkhana
    • Rally
    • Drifting
    • Motocross
    • Drag racing
    • 4WD tracks
    • Touring cars
    • Driving school facilities
  • Media Release 23 June 2020

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    26 Jun 2020
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    Rockhampton Regional Council has today outlined the next steps in establishing a Motorsports Precinct in the region with the announcement of a preferred location and the start of community engagement.

    Mayor Margaret Strelow said Council had entered into a conditional contract for a 100ha site off the Burnett Highway at Bouldercombe.

    “We’ve kept this project a little under wraps publicly but I can assure you Council has had the pedal to the floor behind the scenes to progress this precinct as a priority for our Region,” Mayor Strelow said.

    “When you look at the success of the Gold Rush Sprints or the nationwide interest we’ve had in Rockynats, it’s clear Motorsports is hugely popular and the potential for major events in our region is an opportunity we need to capitalise on.

    “Now that we have a conditional contract on a site, Council will do its due diligence and carry out masterplanning, technical assessments and community engagement to ensure this location is the right one for our community. We’ve already begun the process of community engagement with nearby neighbours and will look to expand that in the coming weeks and months.

    “The motorsports precinct we want has to have the potential to include a variety of motorsports such as speedway, motorkhana, rally, drifting, motocross, 4WD tracks and touring cars as well as opportunities for driving school facilities among others.

    “We’ll soon be contacting local motorsport clubs to seek their input into the design of the precinct as the support and expertise of our local motor sporting community is key to ensuring a successful precinct.

    “We’ll also be talking to the community throughout this project as it progresses through the different stages. While there’s still a lot of work to be done, this is an exciting step forward for the project as we start the technical assessments and master planning this week.

    “At this stage, we will be looking to report back to the community on the progress within the next two months for wider community consultation with a view to having the final plans before the end of the year,” Mayor Strelow said.

    The site is located at 53199 Burnett Highway, Bouldercombe.

  • Media Release 1 October 2019

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    26 Jun 2020
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    Rockhampton Regional Council today announced plans for the region to become home to a permanent multi use motor sports precinct, and the search for the perfect site is now on.

    A proposal to explore the feasibility of creating the precinct was passed unanimously, with councillors putting out the call to the community to get in touch if you have property that could fit the bill.

    Mayor Margaret Strelow said there had been interest in building a precinct like this for a long time.

    “We know that there is real passion and enthusiasm for motor sports in our region, with active clubs and events like the Gold Rush Sprint attracting interest right across the community.

    “The excitement that exists around the inaugural RockyNats is palpable. Given that the event is still 10 months away I am only expecting that to grow.

    “We know there is the appetite out there, and we know we can turn this passion into something bigger.

    “There are a range of benefits that could come with building a precinct, including constructions jobs and events that would attract visitors and tourists, not to mention the excitement of having a place for our local rev heads to drag race and burn rubber to their hearts’ content.”

    However, Mayor Strelow said Council is also aware of the challenges that would come with such a project.

    “First off, identifying a suitable location won’t be easy and that’s why we are putting out this call to landowners today.

    “Generally a facility like this will have a minimum size of 40 hectares and not be directly adjacent to homes. It needs to have an area of reasonably flat land, have good access to a major road, and be within 20 km of the Rockhampton CBD.

    “If you have something that fits the bill we definitely want to hear from you!

    “When a preferred site is identified and secured there will need to be considerable planning undertaken including assessing, minimising and managing any potential impacts, and securing development approval and project funding.

    “We know there is a long road ahead so we want to get the ball rolling now and look at feasible sites as soon as possible.

    “We appreciate there will be significant expectation and excitement about what we could achieve but our focus now has to be on securing the site.”

    Landowners who wish to identify their land as a potential site should contact Council’s Strategic Planning team on 1300 22 55 77 or email enquiries@rrc.qld.gov.au.