TRACK FOCUS: MOORA SPEEDWAY – MOVING FORWARD
Moora Speedway is located 200km north-east of Perth, the country town of Moora is situated on the banks of the Moore River in the Wheatbelt Region of Western Australia. Moora is the largest regional town between Perth and Geraldton and provides a wealth of services including one of Australia’s hidden speedway gems – The Moora Speedway.
Club President Dale Cockman along with Vice President’s Paul Rumbold and Tim King are responsible for the club continuing to improve with constant upgrades which results in a venue that the local community are extremely proud of.
Moora Speedway are included in the innovative “Cropping Program” that the Local Shire have put in place in recent times. The Local Shire have a 34-hectare block which is made available to local sporting clubs on a 3-year lease with Moora Speedway currently in their second lease. Donations of fertiliser, chemical and seed are received from local businesses and harvesting occurs each year around October. Profits from the harvest assist with completing projects and the general running of the venue.
Recent projects over the last 12 months include:
- Upgrade of wall and catch fence – removal of Armco rail and installation of new concrete panels and catch fence covering 40% of the track. This project was club funded and cost around $23,000, this proved to be money well spent as the venue maintained its 3-star rating. This project could not have gone ahead without the support of BGC Concrete Moora and all the club volunteers.
- Mural launch - completion of part two of their Royalties for Regions Mural Project occurred in October 2019. This is the clubs second, much larger mural that has now been erected onto the back of the speedway grandstand. It showcases the cultural significance of the site, Indigenous culture and history of the Moora Speedway Club.
- Track surface and pit gate upgrades.
- Burnout pad extension.
- Purchase of new water truck.
- Track audio speaker system upgrade.
- Spectator viewing area upgrade.
- 2nd spectator toilet block added.
- Power and water upgrades.
One of their most impressive projects was the construction of the new club rooms in 2018. Featuring a bar area, undercover spectator viewing area, brand new kitchen with all the latest equipment and appliances, storeroom, function and presentation area. The project took 12 months to complete and the club received an impressive $150,000 grant from the Royalties for Regions scheme, the remaining $50,000 was covered by the club.
Project Summary: Upgrade of club rooms, spectator viewing area, bar and kitchen.
Project Benefits: $150,000 in grants
Project Timeframe: 12 months
Moora Speedway has finished runner up in the “Most Improved Track” category at the Australian Speedway Awards on three occasions. With the above projects all completed in the last 12 months will it be their time this year?