Granite Belt bike event cancelled
A MOTORCYCLING event which was expected to bring more than 150 people to the Granite Belt has been relocated to Boonah after concerns were raised about events being held in the area without council approval.
Logan River Motorcycle Trials Club had already delivered most their equipment from Victoria Point on the Gold Coast and marked out the course on a property on Nundubbermere Rd for the May 6 and 7 event.
But organisers spent last week removing markings and equipment to a course near Boonah.
Club secretary Lisa Turner said most people had booked accommodation in and around Stanthorpe and a bus had been organised to take people to wineries on their free day.
"The schools and Lions Clubs are losing out, and all the people that had booked into motels," Ms Turner said.
"And probably for the town [Stanthorpe] in general as we would have gone in for food and stuff like that."
Ms Turner said she didn't know the exact reason why the event couldn't be held, but said it was something to do with council approval.
But she said the club would be more than willing to return to the Southern Downs for future events if the problem could be resolved.
"We normally have about 90 riders plus a range of officials, about 150 people maybe more," she said.
"It's just that it was nice to go somewhere different, there were people coming from over Queensland.
"It was a different venue for everybody to enjoy."
A spokesman for the council said several complaints had been received in relation to motorcycle events being held on the Southern Downs without approval.
He said council was cracking down on unauthorised events like the Logan River Club's event, and would be meeting with Motorcycle Queensland to discuss the issue.
"A permit is needed under Council's Local Laws for a temporary entertainment event," he said.
"Motorcycle racing events need to obtain either a permit under the local law or a development approval under the Sustainable Planning Act depending on how often the event is being held.
"Council is concerned about the number of events being held without approval and resolved at the council meeting on Tuesday (last week) to organise a meeting with Motorcycling Queensland to establish why they are not seeking the necessary approvals from council..." The spokesman said such annual events as the Greenlands and Killarney Trail Bike Rides would only require one development approval which would cover the land for future events.
"Council is not seeking to stop such events, but rather ensure that when motorcycle racing events are conducted they are done so such that they do not adversely impact on the environment or cause unnecessary impacts on nearby residents," he said.