Motorcycle track in limbo

A DIRT motorcycle track for the Tweed could be a long way off with no site found and enthusiasm waning from the Tweed Shire Council.

Councillor Kevin Skinner pushed for a motorcycle track in the region for more than two years and was seeking out land to establish a track during his time as Tweed mayor.

"I will continue to look until the day I'm not a councillor. I definitely have not given up," Cr Skinner said in April after the council voted not to build a track on farmland at Eviron.

The council's decision to scrap the Eviron site came after a letter from the executive of the Tweed River Branch of the Cane Growers' Association that said the production loss would risk the industry's future in the region.

Eight months later and there has been no proposal for another site and mayor Barry Longland, who replaced Cr Skinner in the top job in September, did not share the same enthusiasm about building a track.

"I'm not going to say that I am actively looking for a site," Cr Longland said.

"I would have an open mind about it. There is going to be opinion on both sides of the issue and we have to weigh up the benefits and costs of it."

Cr Skinner said he was still looking for a site.

"We have considered about eight or nine sites, but right now it is back to the drawing board," he said.

Cr Skinner said he was talking to motorcycle groups in the Tweed to find a site.



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