BATHURST'S international-standard go-kart track will be made available for all residents with Bathurst Kart Club planning "try drive" days and even hiring it out for corporate event and private bookings.
Club president Mark Dunbar said people using the track on those days would not need to become members of a karting club nor hold a karting licence, but he said such events could only go ahead on days when a properly qualified club official was available to oversee proceedings.
"You would ring the club and they would ask how many karts are young going to need, what are the size of the people who are coming and then our parent body will say, 'yes, my word', because the more people who use the track the better," he said.
Mr Dunbar said the club had a number of karts that had been donated for use by first-timers and members of the public and he was personally working on modifying two karts that would allow people with a disability to try go-karting.
"We have a passion for the sport and we hope to get a lot more people in Bathurst to have a passion for the sport."
Mr Dunbar said the club and council had considered other sites for the track but the choice of McPhillamy Park had ticked all the boxes.
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He said club members had already invested around $60,000 to progress the development application to this stage and were ready to contribute labour and materials to help keep down the cost of building the track.
"We've been offered bulldozer hire in-kind, backhoe hire, and we're hoping that [club members] get the job of replanting the trees that have to be taken down," he said.
"We've got a lot of people who are offering a lot of time in-kind."
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