Council investigating burnout pad proposal

Car enthusiasts are fundraising to establish a motor trials track and burnout pad near Colac.

Car enthusiasts are fundraising to establish a motor trials track and burnout pad near Colac.

Colac Otway Shire councillors last week voted for the council to consider contributing half of the funding needed for a study into the feasibility and management of a “limited motor trials complex”.

The council received a petition from 104 people seeking support to establish a purpose-built area or track for performance cars and a burnout pad, serving people interested in drag racing, burnouts, go-karting and other pursuits.

Colac car enthusiasts Jackie and Sam Crabbe said the Colac Otway region had a problem with alleged hoons damaging the roads, doing burnouts on streets and driving dangerously.

They said a motor trials complex would give those people a safe way to follow their pursuits legally off the road.

Jackie Crabbe said Stawell and Avalon had similar facilities.

“It would be controlled by a committee as well as by the shire,” she said.

“We are aiming to fundraise money towards it.”

Mrs Crabbe said they hoped to find council-owned land that was suitable for the complex.

Sam Crabbe said motor trials complexes usually needed to be at least 750 metres away from homes.

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