Speedway consultation needed

Speedway consultation needed

Lismore City Councils Lindsay Walker suggests that the speedway issue is polarising and that therefore we should limit community debate. It is precisely because the issue has the potential to become polarising that we should have broad community discussion about the speedway.

Refusing to address an obvious conflict between the speedway promoter and the community in an open manner will only serve to entrench the conflict. In the long run this may prove costly for all concerned.

Mayor King says we should be used to the speedway by now, and that it makes money, demonstrating a total lack of understanding of the impact of the speedway on the whole town. The residents of Lismore not just North have tolerated the speedway for years. My tolerance however will not extend to allowing my peace to be disturbed by an extra 42 per cent of the weekends taken up with the speedway. I do not want the health of others to suffer more.

Like many others, I do not want to spend almost half of my weekends and all of my public holidays listening to the speedway.

The question of the ambient sound and the air quality of our community, and what we are prepared to tolerate, is a discussion for all of us. I hope we can have that discussion in an open, frank and respectful way. The Council should not approve an increase in speedway activity until full consultation has occurred and all points of view and options for agreement have been explored.

Vicki Findlay

North Lismore


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