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  • Writer's pictureThe Hon. Paul Toole MP


Member for Bathurst Paul Toole has officially opened the installation of guardrail safety barriers at the Yvonne Martyn Memorial Motorsport Park thanks to a Stronger Country Communities Fund (SSCF) grant of $170,137.

Mr Toole visited the facility at Portland to mark the occasion.

“The funding has made much needed safety improvements to club’s Hillclimb course, including 620 metres of Armco guardrail,” he said.

“Additionally, the course was unveiled to be named the David Tutton Hillclimb Course.

“This fittingly acknowledged the incredible years of service by David, including more than 2000 hours of volunteer work and 14 years as a previous Club President and a host of other achievements.”

Mr Toole said the supply and installation of the guardrail now helps guarantee the safety of vehicles and their occupants on the roadway used for Hillclimbing, a motorsport discipline that is in short supply in NSW.

He said that improvements to facilities at the Lithgow District Car Club are part of the latest wave of support from the SCCF being rolled out by the NSW Government to deliver new and upgraded facilities, infrastructure and programs that make a big difference to everyday life in the bush.

“SCCF delivers guaranteed investment in every single regional LGA in NSW, and has seen $500 million invested across more than 1900 local projects since 2017,” he said.

"The Park is a unique motorsport/driver training complex in the community, providing driver training for children aged 12 years upwards, with the Confederation of Australian Motorsport (CAMS) Ignition Program.

“The precinct also provides a venue for hill climbing, motorkhana, rallysprint and khanacross events which draws competitors from all over NSW, so it’s important to maintain the infrastructure and modern equipment for visiting competitors.

The Lithgow District Car Club has seen a transformation of late and thanks to support from the NSW Government including a further $50,000 from the NSW government funding a brand new access road completed while another $9900 in funding meant a new remote timing control system could be purchased.

Lithgow District Car Club President, Les Taylor, said the funding brings the park up to standard when it comes to competitions and events.

“Thanks to Paul we now have a whole new timing system, something that really brings us up to modern standard,” he said.

“We appreciate the government’s support as it really helps us continue to serve our members and the broader community in the best way we can.”


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