Wide Bay Motor Complex president Ben Collingwood and club supporter Steve Nielsen looking over plans for the motor complex.
Wide Bay Motor Complex president Ben Collingwood and club supporter Steve Nielsen looking over plans for the motor complex. Contributed

Calls to cut red tape as motor complex development stalls

FEDERAL MPs have called on the State Government to "cut through the bureaucratic tape" that has held up a $30 million motorsports complex near Maryborough.

This is despite the Fraser Coast Regional Council giving conditional approval to the development in March and the State Government calling on the committee behind the Wide Bay Motor Complex to prove it will use the grounds on a not-for-profit basis.

Wide Bay MP Llew O'Brien and State Shadow Minister for Agriculture Tony Perrett met with WBMC president Ben Collingwood last week to discuss the hold-up of the off-road racing centre on Boonooroo Rd.

Mr Collingwood said the State Government needed to re-open lines of communication so the committee could "keep things going".

"We've had to chase them for written advice... there's no clear direction from these discussions," Mr Collingwood said.

"We can't do much more until we have that certainty, it's quite demoralising."

Plans for a khanacross off-road racing facility, drag strip and road circuit have been outlined in the development.

The land on Boonooroo Rd is owned by the State Government and leased by the council.

Because the complex has been declared a "commercial entity", the current lease with the council does not allow it to be developed in line with the proposed facility.

Mr Perrett said the State Government needed to stop "city-dwelling pen-pushers in Brisbane blocking appropriate developments and restricting new opportunities for economic development".

Wide Bay Motor Complex - Khana Cross. Paul Reece in the Ford Falcon.
Paul Reece in the Ford Falcon during a khanacross demonstration. Alistair Brightman