IT’S OFFICIAL, the controversial proposal for an Isle of Man-style, 47km TT motorcycle race through the Sunshine Coast hinterland is off the table.
Sunshine Coast Council CEO Michael Whittaker said the organisers of the proposed Sunshine Coast International TT race withdrew their event sponsorship application to the council, the proponents unable to provide the necessary information required.
Inside Line Events head David Rollins said they’d withdrawn the application, unable to meet the deadline for the safety audit and track inspection as his team had not wanted to submit an incomplete application.
“We couldn’t meet the event boards deadlines on a number of issues,” he said.
“I think we just have to look elsewhere at the moment.”
He said a list of items to address handed down in late-June had safety issues at the top of the list but he was unable to organise the audits in time to meet the Sunshine Coast Events Board’s timelines so the decision was made to withdraw,
When asked whether he would look to re-submit a completed application in future, Mr Rollins said they were “not going to look at the Sunshine Coast”.
“There’s a good road in New South Wales and one in Victoria and an option in Tasmania,” he said.
Crowdfunding attempts for the Sunshine Coast International TT only raised $345 of a $75,000 target in a month on gofundme.com.
Peaceful Roads Sunshine Coast spokesman Doctor Barry Traill said he was relieved at the news of the withdrawal but said it was clear the council’s processes had to improve.
Those comments differed from the views of members of the public Hinterland TT Supporters group disappointed at the latest development.
“Not the news we wanted of course, but I can’t say I’m surprised as the proposed race date was only a little over sixteen months away. Hopefully a revised proposed will be made,” wrote Nigel Sisson.
Sunshine Coast Events Board chairman Ralph Devlin said last month a deadline had been set of mid-August for information to be delivered including vital safety audit information, with the proponent, Inside Line Events’ David Rollins previously stating a desire to have the event up and running by as soon as late next year.
“In his correspondence, the proponent has acknowledged he was unable to provide the information required of him within the time requested,” Mr Whittaker said.
The failure to provide information means the proposal was no longer being considered by the Sunshine Coast Events Board.
“We are always interested in attracting top-line events to our region as evidenced by this year’s outstanding World is Coming schedule, but events do need to meet certain criteria and supply information as requested by the Events Board,” Mr Whittaker said.
“Council will continue to work with event organisers to bring exciting events to the region for the enjoyment of our community, competitors and their supporters.”
The proposal was littered with controversy, as Peaceful Roads Sunshine Coast, a group formed in reaction to the proposal, made it clear residents were not impressed with the prospect of having access to their properties removed for a number of days prior to the Christmas period.
Roads were also spray-painted with messages declaring the race would go ahead, and although it was unclear who had vandalised the roads in Maleny, Division Five councillor Jenny McKay made it clear she no longer supported the proposal, unhappy with the fractures within the community the proposal had caused.