Neville MacIntosh does a burnout at the Summerland Drag races in Casino.
Neville MacIntosh does a burnout at the Summerland Drag races in Casino. MARC STAPELBERG

Speed event is becoming a drag

THE organiser of Summerland Drags in Casino has accused Richmond Valley Council of making life “unbearably tough” for the event, and said he wished he never thought of holding drags in the town.

Roger Wood let fly at the council following a drag meet held at the Casino aerodrome on Saturday, saying the council had asked the event to meet safety standards which are not supported by the sport’s peak body, the Australian National Drag Racing Authority (ANDRA), and to undertake a burdensome event risk assessment.

“It has just been a nightmare,” Mr Wood said.

“We need to get this cleared up so we can get on and do the events instead of spending all this time debating backwards and forwards.”

Richmond Valley Council general manager Brian Wilkinson said the council had given Mr Wood the option of either undertaking a risk assessment, or of addressing safety hazards which had been identified from previous events.

“Council has done nothing more than manage land under its control to address public liability,” Mr Wilkinson said.

“The development conditions clearly spell out requirements and those are required to be followed.

“The development consent ensures that the activity is carried out in a manner that meets not only the requirements of safety authorities, but is also undertaken in a way that maintains an acceptable impact on adjoining residents and aerodrome users.”

Mr Wood said he survived on five hours sleep a night in the two weeks leading up to last weekend’s event in order to meet the council’s requirements.



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