New equipment boosts safety trackside at CQ speedway

A LOCAL donation has significantly improved the safety of racegoers and one of the Central Highlands prominent speedway venues.

The Blackwater Coal Capital Speedway has boosted its safety equipment with a $2200 donation from Yancoal’s Yarrabee Coal Mine.

The funding purchased handheld two way radios, which significantly improves communication and safety for all officials during race events.

Club president Nathan Pershouse was excited about the new gear that improved the facility’s safety.

“Each race meet, around 2000 people come through the gates eager to watch a great night of racing,” he said.

“We offer a family fun filled night that is now even safer for racing officials on the track.

“We are a not-for-profit club, run by a small group of passionate racing enthusiasts, any donation we receive goes back into upgrading and enhancing the speedway for the benefit of competitors, officials and the crowd.

“Locals and visitors are always welcome trackside. We guarantee to provide quality racing and a thrilling evening.”

A $2200 donation from Yancoal's Yarrabee Coal Mine has purchased handheld two way radios, improving communication and safety trackside at Blackwater Coal Capital Speedway.
A $2200 donation from Yancoal's Yarrabee Coal Mine has purchased handheld two way radios, improving communication and safety trackside at Blackwater Coal Capital Speedway.

The speedway, which features a 540m clay track, is open to any racers who wish to practice, however COVID-19 rules apply as per Speedway Australia’s return to racing guidelines.

Yarrabee Coal pperations manager, Cris Shadbolt was pleased to support the local community group.

“Motorsport helps unite our Blackwater community and offers an enjoyable night for everyone involved,” he said.

“We are happy our donation can go towards making the speedway even safer for the racing officials.”

The donation was part of the Yancoal Yarrabee Community Support Program, which aims to make a positive difference in the local community and to the lives of the people who work and live in the areas it operates.


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