Club homes in on site 

THE prospect of securing a permanent home after more than 20 years is revving up Goulburn Motorcycle Club.

The 101-year-old outfit has lodged a development application for a motocross and off road motorcycle complex on 17 hectares of land it owns immediately east of the Goulburn Speedway.

It would put an end to illegal riding in the city’s bushland and churn out talent for which Goulburn has become so famous, secretary Richard Toparis said.

“The speedway has been there for 45 years and it makes sense to have it as part of that complex,” he said.

“We are not chasing larger meetings.

It’s a club facility and we want to encourage locals to have somewhere to ride that’s safe, supervised and insured and to provide opportunities for professional riders to come and develop young talent.”

But not everyone is happy with the prospect.

The North Goulburn Action Group, best known for its recent opposition to a waste transfer and recycling centre, wants to put the skids on the plan.

Co-member and Masonic Village resident Marjorie White told the Post that twilight meetings at the speedway already generated too much noise.

“You can hear it very clearly and it’s impossible to enjoy simple things or think. You’re just waiting for it to finish,” she said.

“This motorcycle facility will be used every day and have twilight meetings. It will be horrible.”

Mrs White said while the speedway had existed for years, it was used “infrequently.”

She is also concerned about traffic generation and “devaluation” of units in the village. Mrs White, along with the action group, is lodging a submission.

But Mr Toparis said the facility would only be used on weekends by about 150 riders at any one time. It includes three tracks for junior, supercross and motocross events.

A statement of environmental effects states the complex will be used for recreational riding, training and meets for riders all year round during daylight hours. Up to eight twilight events will be held each year, along with up to six large meets annually, attracting riders from around NSW and the ACT. Bikes would generally be between 65cc and 250cc.

The tracks will be designed around existing vegetation but other buffers will be planted to mitigate noise.

The facility could also cater for cycle clubs, mountain bike riders, go-kart clubs, junior road racing and super-moto, the document stated.

The plan includes a canteen and amenities block.

Mr Toparis said the club hadn’t had a permanent facility since Boxers Creek and Bungonia 25 years ago. Currently members meet in a pub once a month.

“This was freehold land and the Motorcyle Club purchased it after 12 months of negotiation,” he said.

“We’ve liaised with Council and the Speedway committee all the way, so we’re not flying blind.

We’re ticking all the boxes and it’s all above board.”

The club had also explored other options, like Wakefield Park, but this was not an option as that facility was not currently planning expansion.

Mr Toparis said he couldn’t imagine why anyone would be upset given the speedway’s existence, the fact it was 500 metres from a busy highway and surrounded by trees, acting as a natural noise buffer. In addition, the facility would have to meet noise control legislation. All motorcycles would be assessed by independent scrutineers for compliance with Motorcycling Australia’s noise and safety standards before events.

He told the Post a nearby motel and caravan park had written in support of the development.

READY TO ROLL: Goulburn Motorcycle Club wants to establish a permanent home near the local speedway, hosting junior through to veteran super cross and motocross classes. Secretary Richard Toparis said the club aimed to nurture young talent like that on display at August’s Amcross event at district property.

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