Raceway a reality thanks to Andrew
THE opening of the new Whitsunday Raceway and Driver Education Facility may have occurred 11 days ago, but the road to this point was a long and arduous one.
The vision for the Whitsundays to have their very own raceway started about six years ago when a handful of Whitsunday Motosports Club members sat around a round table.
Like any development, there are processes and procedures that must be followed, sometimes putting the end result beyond expectation.
But luckily for all WMC members and motorsports enthusiasts in the Whitsundays, Andrew Auld was around.
WMC publicity officer James Dwight was at that round table when the raceway visionary was first brought to light.
He said without Auld's dedication and determination over the past four years, the new facility would simply not exist.
"Many people volunteered their time, equipment and services for the construction of the track over the six years it took to get it build," he said.
"The one person who drew all the strings together and kept us going through the good times and the bad was the club president Andrew Auld.
"Andrew had the drive we needed when things were getting tough in terms of acquiring the land and raising funds.
"You can't build a track like that running chook raffles."
At the raceway opening on December 4, Auld opened the track alongside Dwight, vice-president Adam Straud, member for Whitsunday Jan Jarratt and mayor Mike Brunker.
Each of them took time to praise Auld on his efforts in getting the track built and ready for the Whitsunday community to use.
Being a modest man himself, Auld said the track wouldn't have been constructed without the help of all three levels of government, Motorcycling Queensland and local businesses.
He said when times were tough local businesses and volunteers gave up whatever they had to ensure the track could open.
"When we started it was the GFC and things were getting tough," he said. "The local businesses have been great."
With stage one complete, Auld said there was no time to slow down with stage two on the radar.
This stage will hopefully see the construction of a classroom, lights and a viewing area at the track, making it a complete state-of-the-art track, right here in the Whitsundays.