Casino drag racing raring to go

DRAG racing is set to become a regular quarterly event at the Casino Aerodrome after Richmond Valley Council meets next Tuesday night at their council meeting.

While approval for a regular meeting is recommended, a number of conditions have been added.

Amongst others, they include:

‘No smoking' signs to be erected at the venue.

Maximum of 3000 spectators and 150 competitors.

No other form of entertainment including burnouts, fireworks and live bands.

Two weeks before each event a report of compliance is to be submitted.

The approval will lapse after five years.

Roger Wood, president of DA submitter, Jukebox Lismore Inc, said the drag races would be a benefit to the whole of the Richmond Valley.

“It will become for Casino what the Fishing Classic is for Evans Head,” he said.

“Drag racing will ‘drag' Richmond Valley into the modern world.”

During the exhibition period, a total of 67 submissions were provided to council.

The council business papers noted nine submissions in favour of the event including a 932-signature petition. The remaining 58 submissions objected to the proposal.

Reasons given in favour of regular drag race meetings included the benefit to young drivers, where they could test their cars in a controlled area and not on a public road, the economic benefits to Casino as people spend money while in town and the previous trial races (held March 27 and May 23) proved the event was a good family day out.

Opponents listed issues such as concerns of safety for aviators and emergency landings, the potential to damage the air strip, concern for surrounding residential and fauna areas, car parking and access issues.

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