Go-kart club back on track

Get ready to start your engines at Johnson Speedway go-kart track with the Broken Hill Kart Club Incorporated (BHKCI) holding their first Annual General Meeting (AGM) since lockdowns, leaving old conflicts for dust with new and old members signing up the next generation of karting kids to re-invigorate the once fun, family-friendly club for a fresh start.

With former executives stepping aside following a feisty club meeting last month, new executives were voted into positions at the AGM held this past Wednesday, and will now be supported by Crown Lands.

A Crown Lands spokesperson told the Barrier Truth that the BHKCI is the appointed Crown Land Manager for the Crown reserve that the Johnson Speedway go-kart track was constructed upon.

“Crown Lands is not attending the AGM but once the AGM has concluded, support can be provided to the new executive in their role as Crown land manager,” said the spokesperson.

Newly appointed BHKCI President, Hayden Slattery, told the Truth that he’s very grateful to have been given the opportunity to step into the lead role.

“Along with the committee, we’re very pleased and excited for the future of Broken Hill go-karting.

“We have a lot of work to do but myself and the committee are confident that we can get things back on track and get families and visitors racing again in Broken Hill.

“We welcome any new members to come down and show some support,” Mr Slattery said.  “There will be more details to follow, so we’ll get a Facebook page up with all the information soon. We’re family orientated so it would be great to see more families involved.”

Bell’s Milk Bar owner, Matt Spresser, has stepped up to support the new President as Vice President, with a couple of younger members under the wing of experienced karting families, Jasper Hartney, putting his hand up for Secretary, and Hudson Curtis claiming the Treasurer’s seat.

Other positions filled were Race Secretary, Brenda Slattery, and Track Inspector, Adam Slattery. A Public Officer will be confirmed and announced at the next meeting.

With formal requests sent for financial records, documents, equipment, and other club-owned items to be returned by the previous executives, the newly appointed kart club crew says they’ll keep the community updated on social media with dates for working bees and track practice days once the official paperwork has been completed.

The next BHKCI meeting is scheduled for 7pm Wednesday October 18 at the Centre for Community at 200 Beryl St. Meetings will then be held on the first Wednesday of each month, commencing Wednesday November 1.

For more information, contact Wayne Orr on 0418 911 461.

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