The CAMS Ignite Road Safety program focuses on teaching teens to adopt safe driving behaviours.
The CAMS Ignite Road Safety program focuses on teaching teens to adopt safe driving behaviours. Contributed

Council revs up for CAMS event

TWEED Shire Council has announced a new motoring event, the CARnival Car Club Festival,  to be held in 2013.

The event will be organised by the Confederation of Motor Sport (CAMS) and include CAMS Ignition, a program involving special road safety and driver behaviour workshops aimed at high school students.

CAMS is the organisation behind the Rally Australia and Speed on Tweed which was last held in 2010 and resulted in Speed on Tweed owing Tweed Shire Council close to $126,000 for services rendered.

Councillors decided to write off the debt at their August 21 meeting and enter into an agreement with CAMS to host CARnival and Ignite, thereby settling any previous issues.

A CAMS spokesperson said the organisation brokered the agreement in the interest of motor sport and to resolve any dispute between CAMS and the council.

The first CARnival will be held in the Echuca Moama region of Victoria at the end of this year and aims to enable car clubs and motoring enthusiasts to celebrate their vehicles in interesting places throughout Australia.

CAMS and Tweed council hope the 2013 festival will become a 'destination event' which will see people travel from all over the country and enjoy the scenic surroundings of the shire.

CARnival will feature a number of car related events including classic car displays, motor sport vehicle displays, touring events around the Tweed and car club displays.

The CAMS Ignite Road Safety Program is a unique project which aims to influence teenagers during their formative years rather than wait until they get their L-plates.

The program focuses on training 12 to 18-year-olds in adopting safe approaches to driving attitude and behaviours.

Tweed Shire Council general manager David Keenan welcomed the events and said "CARnival will see an influx of people to the area".

"Participants, their families and friends will all attend the event and spend their money in the area.

"We hope that we will be able to attract the interest of people in the local and surrounding areas as well, with a view to coming along and watching the events.

"By the same token, Ignition will provide an opportunity for local school kids to learn about safe driving attitudes and behaviours before they start learning on public roads, with a view to creating safer young road users in the area."



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