Bike club after certain future

Members of the Coolum Motocross Club want the lease on their track extended.
Members of the Coolum Motocross Club want the lease on their track extended. Coolum Motocross Club

THE Coolum Motocross Club has called on the State Government to guarantee its future past 2014.

The popular club, with 1100 members, is waiting to see what the Government plans to do with its land.

The site has been earmarked for the extension of nearby industrial estate Coolum Eco, even though not one block out of the original 35 lots has sold.

The club's relocation coordinator Ross Cattle said his fear was that it could take up to four years to establish a new club elsewhere.

Mr Cattle received verbal confirmation from the Government yesterday that the club's lease would be extended to 2014.

The current lease had been set to expire in February next year.

"Two years from now, in my mind, is two years too short," he said.

"Two years is probably enough time to secure land. But my concern is the approval process. It could take a few years."

Mr Cattle questioned why the Government needed the land to extend the industrial estate.

"Nothing out there has been constructed. It's clear and obvious there is plenty of industrial land at the moment, and there is far greater economic benefit with the club staying here for the time being than just creating more vacant land that people aren't buying," he said.

"We could end up one or two years short on our lease, and I don't think the Sunshine Coast could survive without motocross for two years."

The Coolum Motocross Club hosts the MX national titles annually, the Shell Sunshine State Series and this September will host the Australian Junior Motocross Championships.

The club expects up to 1000 competitors and their families to stay in Coolum for an entire week.

These events are expected to generate millions for the local economy.

"It's not just the money, if you take these facilities away from the 150 who ride here any given weekend, they're going to start riding in parks, state forests and things like that," Mr Cattle said.

A Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation spokeswoman said the land was zoned general industry under the Sunshine Coast Regional Council town plan.

"The objective is to develop the land over time to cater for future industrial demand," the spokeswoman said.

"There is far greater economic benefit with the club staying here for the time being."

Topics:  motocross, state government



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