Rockhampton Regional Council have announced plans for the region to become home to a permanent motorsports precinct.
Council is undertaking the master planning process to determine the suitability of a site at 53199 Burnett Highway Bouldercombe, to establish a multi-purpose motorsport precinct. The project will enable the development of high level motorsport facilities that will improve the experience for both participants and spectators.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why is there a need for a motorsport precinct?
Currently, within the Rockhampton region, there is a growing demand for additional facilities to accommodate for motorsports activities. Also, many existing facilities are either inappropriately located (subject to flooding/proximity to sensitive land use activities/ accessibility), lack suitable onsite infrastructure or require additional land for expansion.
Local motorsports bodes and individuals have been advocating for a suitable site for many years and several attempts have been made to identify and establish a motorsports facility in the Rockhampton Region.
Why undertake site suitability and due diligence?
The Council is investigating the site to assess its suitability for motor sporting activities. Master planning and technical assessments will be undertaken by industry specialists to assess the characteristics of the site, development constraints and impacts and the suitability and layout for motor sporting activities, prior to proceeding further with the project.
What is a Master Plan?
A master plan is a comprehensive long term plan to guide the development of a site. The master plan will provide a blueprint for the community of the intended use for motor sporting facilities and how activities will be managed on the site.
What is the process to create a motorsport precinct?
The process of creating a motor sporting precinct involves a number of steps including:
Master planning and technical assessment
Key stakeholder engagement
Preliminary concept plan
Public release for comment
Collate community feedback and revise master plan
Explore governance and funding options
A flowchart outlining the process can be found here.
Will there be community engagement?
Engaging with the community is essential to ensuring the project 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.
What technical assessments will be undertaken to ensure site suitability?
Council will be engaging with industry specialists to undertake technical assessments to ensure the site is suitable for motor sporting purposes and to address development impacts. Technical assessments may include:
Infrastructure and utility services;
Transport and access;
Flooding and stormwater management;
Environmental Assessment: flora, fauna and waterways;
Bushfire Hazard Assessment and Management Measures;
Cultural Heritage Assessment; and
Air Quality and Noise/Acoustic Assessment and Mitigation Measures
Why was this site chosen for investigation?
Investigations began last year for a site, with the call for the expressions of interest in October. Council assessed a number of areas located within the Rockhampton Region and the rural area between Bouldercombe and Gracemere, located along the Burnett Highway was identified as a potential area for motor sporting facilities and events. The assessment criteria used included:
The identified site at Bouldercombe was selected for further investigation, due to its useable land area not constrained by naturally occurring hazards such as flooding, having highway frontage for improved accessibility and separated from urban areas however within close enough proximity to the city centres and accommodation for convenience.
Motorsport Precinct Fact Sheet
Motorsport Precinct Process Flowchart
Motorsport Precinct Identified Site Map
Next Steps for Rockhampton Motorsports Precinct
Council on the hunt for motor sports site
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