Motorsports facility on the cards for Boddington after development application put out for public comment

Isabel VieiraNarrogin Observer
Boddington Burnout Group's layout plan for the motorsports facility.
Camera IconBoddington Burnout Group's layout plan for the motorsports facility. Credit: Shire of Boddington

Boddington could have a motorsports hub with a burnout pad and spectator seating after the Boddington Burnout Group lodged a development application with the council.

The Shire of Boddington received the application last month after working closely with the BBG to identify the potential site on Shire-owned land off Robins Road about 3.5km from town.

The facility would be capable of holding multiple major events each year with about 150-200 burnout entrants and more than 2000 spectators, according to a summary of the BBG development application.

The motorsports hub would also feature clubrooms, toilet blocks, food facilities, grandstand seating and a commentary box.

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“BBG propose to transform an existing area of unused land off Robins Road into a one-stop motorsports facility in the Shire of Boddington, starting with burnout facilities and developing from there proceeding in stages over five years,” the BBG said.

“BBG’s mission and purpose is to promote community involvement and giving the community of Boddington and surrounding shires a place to express themselves in a safe and managed facility and get the antisocial aspect of the sport off our community’s streets.

“Our vision is to create a high standard facility and hold nationally recognised events.”

The BBG, led by president James Berry, said motorsport was growing across the region.

“You don’t have to look too far or search too hard to see that this sport is becoming bigger and more popular every year,” the development application said.

“Some of the regional towns that run successful events like BBG aim to are Narrogin, Wagin, Kukerin and Kondinin.

“So, we hope you will get behind us and support us in bringing this facility to Boddington and another great facility to our region.”

Shire president Garry Ventris said the potential benefits of the proposed motorsports facility aligned with the Shire’s economic diversification strategy.

“Events such as this bring many visitors to town and benefit our businesses and local economy, as well as provide a stimulus for the whole region,” he said.

“In addition to increased visitation to the town, a benefit to the local community is also part of the Burnout Group’s vision through provision of a healthy, controlled environment for local enthusiasts.

“The members of the group are very passionate about their sport and eager to grow the facilities on offer over time.”

Shire chief executive Julie Burton said motorsports had a passionate following and the economic stimulus should not be underestimated.

She said the council would consider the development application after public consultation.

“If approved, this signals a major positive step forward for the group,” she said.

“As a part of the assessment process, the Shire will need to ensure that the burnout pad is safe for participants and spectators, and won’t unreasonably impact surrounding properties.

“Various factors such as appropriate design and emergency plans will be considered.”

The development application is out for public comment until August 23.

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