TRACK FOCUS: SPECTACULAR SHARK BAY HAS FUNDRAISING BITE
Australia’s westernmost Speedway is a hive of activity for the sleepy town of Denham on the shores of Shark Bay. It’s the home of the Shark Bay Speedway Club.
About 410km from Geraldton and 850km from Perth, Denham is a town with a permanent population of 500 and a speedway to be proud of. The Far Western Championships is the biggest event in town all year, with street parades and good council support.
Club President Mick Reynolds, Vice President and Local Shire member Greg Hewitt have been the driving force behind the wall upgrades with Greg being instrumental in gaining access to the local shire’s heavy machinery to assist with the main straight being widened by 3 metres which saw 500 cubic metres of dirt moved.
The upgrade has been going for around 12 months and is currently halfway complete. There are 65 new concrete panels installed on the front straight with another 75 panels to be installed on the corners and back straight over the next 12 months. Shark Bay secured an $8,000 grant from the local shire and has engaged with the local community for sponsorship of their concrete panels which saw 65 sponsors invest $200 for the panel and posts, leaving the out of pocket expense to the club as a minimal $100 per panel.
Once finished it will surpass most tracks in the country. The safety fence is also impressive and completes an impressive set of venues in the northwest of the state.
Project Summary: Upgrade of concrete wall around the entire track and widening of main straight by 3 metres.
Project Benefits: $8,000 in grants and $13,000 sponsorship
Project Timeframe: 24 months