Need for speed reigns supreme
The online campaign to drown out the noise of the Lismore Speedway has been left behind with mud on its facebook after two rival campaigns were started this week to support the continuation of speedway racing in Lismore.
On Tuesday afternoon the ‘Liberate Lismore from the Speedway’ Facebook group had 63 members while the newcomers ‘All in Favour of Lismore Speedway, Say I’ group had 667 and ‘Lismore Speedway Supporters Unite’ had 159, but most of them also belong to ‘All in Favour’.
South Lismore sign writer Ben Daley said he read about Laurie Axtens’ anti-speedway campaign in last week’s Echo and immediately started the ‘All in Favour’ Facebook group and got 360 members in the first day.
“It is only a minority of people that are complaining and I wanted the majority to be able to speak. The numbers we have got in less than a week speak for themselves,” he said.
Ben is a crew member and sponsor and was keen to point out that he started the online campaign off his own bat and it had nothing to do with promoter David Lander.
“It’s the drivers, the crew, their supporters, family and businesses. For a massive majority of people, the Lismore Speedway has some sort of importance to their life,” he said. “Footballers and soccer players don’t have to go through that stuff. We know it’s noisy but speedway is our sport and it was there before they were.
“Is it not possible that (they) could just accept the nature of our sport for four hours a night, 16 nights a year? 16 nights out of 352, really, is that too much to ask?”
Another sponsor, Steve Robinson said it was “the biggest spectator sport on the Far North Coast.”
“There are going to be four Australian championships held here next year and the economic benefit for this town is huge. It’s an absolute coup that one town has been granted four Australian championships, so there are lots of positives rather than just the negatives of noise,” he said.