Club almost on track
THE Rockhampton Motocross Club hopes to roar out of the gates in 2012, but it simply can't do it alone.
The only motocross venue in the Rockhampton region was all but destroyed in the Central Queensland's 2010-2011 floods.
The water washed away the not-for-profit organisation's tracks and damaged surrounding infrastructure, causing an estimated $120,000 in damage.
Spokeswoman for the club Julie Newsome said throughout the year the club received several generous grants from the Commonwealth Bank, the Rockhampton Regional Council and the Queensland Government.
"We have been given over $90,000 worth of grants, but we still need a lot more manpower if we want to see the track back in action," Newsome said.
"Our track was so devastated by the floods, it was covered with 12 foot (4m) of water and it just simply can't be restored without more manpower."
The club has been out of action for 12 months and hopes to be ready for use by February's first race meet.
"We can't do anything on the track until it meets specifications," Newsome said.
"It's hard because the motor cycling guidelines are so strict, but the track needs to be approved if we want a track licence, which we need to hold an event."
"At this stage we are hoping for the track to be inspected some time in the New Year."
The club hopes to hold various events throughout the New Year such as the CQ titles.
"We hope to hold at least eight to 10 club days, as well as accommodating for practice," Newsome said.
In the mean time Rockhampton Motocross club members have joined other clubs, allowing them to compete throughout this year's season.
"We have a pretty good young track team who would have found it difficult having to go to other tracks such as Yeppoon, Blackwater and Gladstone to practice," Newsome said.
"Hopefully once the track is open our members will come back, because we are the only track in the area made of sand," she said.
Thirteen-year member of the Rockhampton Motocross Club Beau Dargel said once the track is up and running he will be returning to his original club.
"I guess it depends on the new layout and if I enjoy riding on it, but otherwise once it's up and running I will most likely return," Dargel said.
Dargel said the flooding did not affect him.
"I have my own track at home for training and I joined the Sunny Coast junior motocross club as well as the Yeppoon and Gladstone clubs so that I could compete throughout the year," he said.
The club has struggled throughout the year without having a constant income from membership and races.
Anyone who is willing to help with the restoration of the Rockhampton track or help raise funds for works on the track is urged to contact president Steve Nicols on 0429861165.