BUILDERS are racing to finish work on a new shed at Dooen Recreation Reserve before Australia’s biggest junior motocross event starts on Saturday.
The $145,000 project to install a new safety fence, shade sails and a shed with a first aid centre, toilets and showers blew out by $38,648.
Horsham Rural City Council has agreed to lend Horsham Motorcycle Club the money to complete the project.
Club president Ken Watts said the builders would ‘move mountains’ to have the shed up and running before the National Junior Motocross Championships.
“If we didn’t get the loan from council, every one of our 2000 guests would have been using portable toilets,” he said.
“That would have just been unacceptable after having a $85,000 grant issued from the State Government in May.
“We just had to get the loan to get it over the line so one of Horsham’s smallest sporting clubs can bring one of the biggest motocross events to Horsham.”
Mr Watts said riders from across Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka would compete in the championships.
“We are going to have a state-of-the-art centre and everything we have done this year will culminate in a great event come September 28,” he said.
Horsham councillor Mark Radford said the championships would benefit Horsham businesses.
“This is a big event with people everywhere,” he said.
“We are getting word that our accommodation providers are getting excited because there will be a large contingent of people camping at the field days site, as well as in our caravan parks.”