No joke – town centre becomes race track


Event co-ordinator Doug Weir says Cockburn Central’s Billy Cart day will raise money for the Eating Disorders Unit at PMH. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au   d450609
Event co-ordinator Doug Weir says Cockburn Central’s Billy Cart day will raise money for the Eating Disorders Unit at PMH. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d450609

Drivers will steer their carts down a 150m track as part of the inaugural Cockburn Central Billy Cart event.

But there will be plenty of other things to do too, with dragsters, hotrods, go-karts, stock cars, slot cars, Formula 1 simulators and a monster truck set to pack the busy train station precinct.

Cockburn Central Town Centre Association chairman and event organiser Doug Weir said the event has come a long way since it was pitched as a joke 18 months ago.

He said the aim was to promote the Town Centre and raise money for the Eating Disorders Unit at Princess Margaret Hospital.

Mr Weir said he had worked with the organisers of the successful Corowa Australian Billy Cart Championships in New South Wales.

“They hold one every year and have done so for 10 years,” he said. “They sent us everything over so we didn’t have to start from scratch.

“We just had to adapt it to Cockburn because obviously it’s slightly different.”

Mr Weir said the community had helped bring it all together, with most things for the event donated.

“It’s a new event, it’s Cockburn Central, it’s something different and we’ve got a natural circuit,” he said.

The event will run between 9am and 4pm.