Colac will host a car show in 2018 and raise much-needed funds for the district’s returned servicemen and women.
The Colac Custom Car and Bike Show committee announced earlier this year that it had cancelled its plans for a show in Colac next year and would move the event to Camperdown after not being able to reach agreement with the council to keep the event at Memorial Square.
But Colac Otway Shire councillor Chris Potter had told the Herald at the time of the announcement that while he was disappointed the show was moving to Camperdown, he was hopeful of Colac continuing its car show tradition.
Chris, who is also a Colac RSL board member, said yesterday that he was pleased that planning for a new car show was underway and the date was set.
“A group of enthusiasts, not an organisation, have got together to host a car show in Colac on March 3 because they really think we should have one.
“They are working with Colac RSL, which is a registered charity and has been seeking funds to continue its important welfare work, to organise the car show.
“It’s really good because Colac should have a show, it’s good for businesses in Colac and if we can minimise costs and maximise visitors we’re hoping to able to raise money for the RSL’s welfare work.
“The group of enthusiasts didn’t want to let it go and they are excited about it; Colac has become accustomed to having a car show.”
Chris said organisers of next year’s show had started the council permit process and there would be a clause that they would cancel the show if March 3 a code-red day, which was among the “sticking points” for the custom car and bike show committee.