THE idea of location has become so ingrained in the McPhillamy Park and go-kart debate that the true issue has remained mostly unnoticed - funding, or lack thereof.
In response to Bathurst Go-Kart Track: Calare MP Andrew Gee Can't Guarantee Future Federal Funding, published September 3, Andrew Gee reiterates the fact that the go-kart development solely relies on the $750,000 Bathurst Regional Council had put aside from the Roads and Infrastructure Fund.
The remainder, and majority of the funding relies heavily on state and federal grants - something which cannot be guaranteed.
To disclose, I am a supporter of the proposed location.
The existing dynamic of the site and the vehicle access makes McPhillamy Park the perfect location for an international karting track.
However, as more information is released over the project's funding and its apparent reliance on grants that don't yet exist, I have strong reason to slowly lose confidence in the project's long-term viability.
If, and when guaranteed funding becomes available, the karting track should go ahead as voted on by council.
Until then, active community consultation and healthy dialogue from both sides of the divide must continue.