Council approves $70k funding for Southwest Drag Racing
Maranoa council will urgently reallocate $70,000 budgeted for upgrades and annual dust sealing projects to repair a severely damaged drag race facility.
Upgrades to the South West Drag Race Association track have been highlighted as a priority, after routine maintenance damaged the return lane, putting a major financial burden on the club.
In the recent council meeting in Roma on Wednesday, March 10, councillors unanimously voted in favour or reallocating $50,000 from the 2020/21 budget towards the upgrades and $20,000 from the annual dust seal budget to undertake stabilisation and sealing of the return strip at the Roma Drag Club.
According the council agenda dated March 10, the South West Drag Racing Association recently completed works to have the track upgraded.
But heavy machinery used for the works damaged the return lane, forcing the club to refund nomination fees to competitors.
The concern was that drag racing vehicles were typically very low to the ground, meaning the surface must be extremely level.
The club’s next event is due to take place this weekend on March 13.
Mayor Tyson Golder said in the meeting on Wednesday that the drag racing industry brought a lot of people to the region.
“I’d just like to say our community groups, especially our large events such as drags do bring people to Roma and add an enormous amount of colour at Easter in the Country and other times,” councillor Golder said.
“It brings people to the region and it’s a fantastic initiative and I believe the drag racing club will be happy with the support.”
Deputy Mayor Geoff McMullen seconded the notion and said it would be great to help the club in time for Easter in the Country.
The agenda states that council could opt to spend approximately $15,000-$20,000 for a “band aid” approach, however it would have a low chance of success.
According to council’s research, band aid treatments would be “very much superficial” and are not likely to address issues associated with cars bottoming-out.