Drag races get okay to burn rubber
THE Summerland drag races at Casino Airport will now go ahead on Saturday, May 19 after an unplanned delay.
Event organiser Roger Wood said a number of issues had led to the delay, including original promoter David Lander moving on to other projects and ongoing challenges addressing the development conditions with Richmond Valley Council.
Mr Wood said drag racing has a huge following and the event "brings flocks of drag racing tragics", to the region from as far away as Roma, Kempsey, and Glen Innes.
However, council raised concerns after an incident at the previous event last September involving an unreported collision of two vehicles.
President of Casino Aero Club Russell Kennedy said that aerodrome users had initially objected to the ambitious DA proposed by the event two years ago, which included provision for over 1000 car parks, service of alcohol, live bands, and "drag trucks", but after consultation with council it had been amended to accommodate a more family-friendly, smaller-scale event.
Mr Kennedy says now the event is more suitably scaled he supports its continuation.
Richmond Valley Council Director of Works Gary Murphy explained that the council's supervision of the event is essentially about risk management.
He stated that "we are working to facilitate the event and following up documentation as we speak", and said the event was a "great promotion for the town".