Go Kart enthusiasts young and old can now enjoy tight turns and a better grip at the Bendigo Kart Club with track surface upgrades now complete at the popular venue, made possible by the Victorian Government.
Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards joined representatives from the club to officially unveil the new upgrades, backed by a $55,000 investment from the Government’s Community Motorsport Program - Infrastructure Upgrades and Equipment Category.
Home to the only Kart track in the district, the Club is the centre for all-things go karting in Bendigo.
The project has delivered a partial resurface of the existing circuit removing previous bumps and cracks. An out-grid shelter cover has also been installed providing shade for drivers and officials on race-days which are commonly scheduled on hot summer days
The venue’s track is now capable of hosting more local training, come and try days for women and girls, local universities for their Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) competition, as well as several events each year.
“Victorians love their motorsports – that’s why we’re making sure motorsports venues big and small have access to quality facilities to help drivers enjoy their sport," Ms Edwards said.
“Venues like the Bendigo Kart Club provide a safe and welcoming community space where people can learn some great skills and practical tips about track driving and equipment maintenance.”
The club's July Club Day Challenge also received $5,419 funding from the program’s Motorsport Club Assistance Category.
The Community Motorsport Program is part of the Victorian Government’s $7.4m Racing into a New Era for Motorsport initiative, aimed at addressing gaps in motorsport infrastructure and equipment, training volunteers and officials, supporting young motorsport participants and facilitating more women and girls to get involved.
Motorsport in Victoria supports more than 4,000 jobs and contributes over $806 million to the economy.
The program also reflects the Government’s major commitment to health and wellbeing, economic activity and local jobs, diversity, inclusion, and boosting the capacity of communities to attract and host local and regional motorsport competitions and events.
“Sport and active recreation play a vital role in strengthening communities like Bendigo and boosting people’s physical and mental wellbeing,” Ms Edwards said.
For more information about this and other program opportunities visit sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding