$5k lost, online backlash after club cancels meet

A SEVERE weather warning and forecast rain forced the Kingaroy Speedway committee to cancel the club’s opening meeting on Saturday.

When the wet weather didn’t eventuate, the club faced criticism online for making the call too early.

However, Tanya Barron from the club said it was the right decision to make with the risk of an unsafe track and low crowd attendance not worth the risk.

“We got quite a backlash from people but they don’t know the big picture of what is at stake and they just see the nice blue skies,” she said.

“We lost $5000 by cancelling but if we got the meeting through we would have lost three times that.”

The club lost money in admission, nominations, canteen sales and food waste but have had bigger losses previously when they have made the decision to run the meeting and attracted smaller crowds.

“We are 100 per cent volunteers so everything we get is from our volunteers and losing that money does have an impact on the club but we will march on,” Barron said.

Saturday’s meeting was gearing up to be a blockbuster with 116 cars nominated, which exceeded the club’s expectation of 80 cars.

I think everywhere has been getting quite a lot of car numbers like the rest of the speedways around us. I think the season is looking really good,” Barron said.

With the dates determined for the speedway season, the club cannot run the meeting and will accept tickets for the cancelled meeting at the upcoming meeting on November 16.

“We are disappointed we didn’t run our first meeting and we hope they want to come back in a month’s time,” Barron said.

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