Plans to resurrect the old Country Fire Authority (CFA) training site in Fiskville and convert it in to a multipurpose motor sports venue have gained momentum, with the Victorian Government contributing $150,000 towards a business case assessing the viability of the project.
CAMS has worked closely with the State Government and Moorabool Shire Council, with the various groups coming together to develop the business case for the site.
As part of the business case, the project will assess what infrastructure would be required, the opportunities for grassroots motor sport participation, driver education and training opportunities as well as industry development.
CAMS CEO Eugene Arocca said he was delighted the Victorian Government had thrown its support behind the Fiskville project.
“This represents an outstanding opportunity for Victoria to set a new standard for motor sport facilities and CAMS is grateful for the support of the Andrews Government in assisting with the funding for a business case,” Arocca said.
“Motor sport generates more than $700 million of direct economic impact in Victoria alone, based on an Ernst & Young Report from 2013. Since that report was issued the sport has grown by more than 40 per cent, so the development of Fiskville is an outstanding opportunity for regional Victoria to capitalise on the economic, sporting and community power of motor sport.”
Victorian Minister for Sport John Eren said he was excited about the potential for the site.
“We’re ensuring Victoria stays Australia’s sporting capital – investing in major sporting infrastructure like this so we can host the big events that support our global reputation,"Eren said.
The site, formerly a CFA training site, would be important for the region, according to Minister for Emergency Services, James Merlino.
“We will work with the CFA, CAMS and the council to ensure any future activity on the site will be safe and suitable for the community, and capable of delivering economic benefit to the region," Merlino said.
Local member for Buninyong Geoff Howard was also pleased to announce today’s news.
“I congratulate CAMS and Moorabool Shire for their efforts to move this project forward – we’re proud to support a project that has the potential to kickstart a new phase in motor sport here in the Ballarat goldfields region,” Howard said.
Published: 24 October, 2018