Trials club settles in for long ride at new home

GETTING a 10-year lease on a site at the Benaraby Landfill is a big deal for the Central Queensland Trials Club.

President Mac Hosking said it was more than just a place to practice, train and to call their own.

"We'll be a part of the Benaraby motorsports complex, which gives us credibility as a discipline," Mr Hosking said.

"It is a big plus for motorsports enthusiasts in the area."

Although Mr Hosking said Gladstone Regional Council, which awarded the club the lease at its meeting last week, said they were able to move in straight away, there was still some work to be done.

"At the moment it is a jungle at the front gate," he said.

"We'll start working on it almost immediately."

The obstacle course will be man-made with items such as  tyres, old cars and timber.

Mr Hosking said he expected the site would be fully operational early next year.

Competitions held on the site will be open to the public.

Council's Sport and Recreation portfolio spokesman Graham McDonald said council had for several years attempted to locate all motorsport activity in one location.

"As the subject land is for future landfill purposes, the lease conditions restrict infrastructure development without written approval of council," Cr McDonald said.

"The lease will allow the sport to continue to develop in the area, with about 35 members currently involved in the sport locally.

Riders keen to settle in

Nicole Casey, 16, and Sarah Chivers, 13, have been with Central Queensland Trials Club since it started two years ago.

And now the club has a guaranteed home at Benaraby for the next 10 years.

"It will be really good," Sarah said.

"We'll have a place we can go every week where we will have solid obstacles and not have to take them down."

"We can set things up there," Nicole added.

Both young girls said they loved trials, not only because it was challenging but because it was fun and social.

Although they said they knew it was going to be a lot of work, they were keen to help the club set up its new obstacle course at the Benaraby site.

And fellow CQ Trials Club rider Brent Chivers said there would be no trouble finding help at working bees, with all members keen to lend a hand.

"We are very excited about it," Mr Chivers said.

Once the course was set up Mr Chivers said there would be plenty of benefits for the club.

"Training like that on obstacles will be much safer for riders."

It also means they can begin long-term planning, knowing the spot is secure for 10 years.

Mr Chivers said because there was plenty of work involved in building some of the obstacles, it was good to know they could stay put.

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