Drag racing organiser Roger Wood is waiting on approval of a DA to use the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome.
Drag racing organiser Roger Wood is waiting on approval of a DA to use the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome. Jay Cronan

Drag racing targets Evans airstrip

ORGANISERS of the Summerland Drags have their sights set on the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome as an additionalvenue for drag racing events.

Jukebox Lismore president Roger Wood will soon lodge an application with Richmond Valley Council which, if app-roved, will see an annual drag event take place each January.

“The benefits for the region are incredible,” Mr Wood said. “People from Kempsey, Glen Innes and Stanthorpe come to the drags.”

The drags are organised and run by Jukebox Lismore, a not-for-profit community organisation, and Lismore Speedway promoter David Lander.

Mr Wood recently lodged another DA onbehalf of Jukebox Lismore with the council which, if approved, would see org-anisers receive permission to run four events each year at the Casino Aerodrome. Two drag events have been already trialled at the venue this year.

However, the DA isunpopular with members of the Casino Aero Club. They claim the event has already done superficial damage to the airstrip – a claim the drag organisers reject.

Evans Head pilot Tom Cadet said he was against any proposal that would see the Evans Head airstrip used for drag racing.

“The surface is in bad condition due to lack of maintenance,” Mr Cadet said.

“A high-powered car would destroy the strip.

“It was never designed for that purpose.”

Another Evans Headpilot, John Saunders, said he was ‘disgusted’ by the proposal.

“I certainly do not support it,” Mr Saunders said.

Mr Wood said the two airstrips were owned by the council on behalf of the community.

“They (Casino Aero Club) don’t own it, they don’t have inalienable rights to it,” he said.

“The community isentitled to decide how it is used.”

Mr Wood said the drags had the strong support of the council. “The council has gone to extraordinary lengths to help us,” Mr Woods said.

Mr Woods said organisers were aware the DA for Evans Head would need to satisfy the NSW Heritage Council.



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