WA Sporting Car Club welcomes Wanneroo Council decision on longer lease at Barbagallo Raceway

L-R: WASCC president Russell Sewell and general manager Andrew Stachewicz. Photo: Matt Jelonek
L-R: WASCC president Russell Sewell and general manager Andrew Stachewicz. Photo: Matt Jelonek

THE WA Sporting Car Club (WASCC) could continue to lease Barbagallo Raceway in Neerabup for up to 21 years, following a Wanneroo Council decision.

During a confidential session at the December 11 meeting, the council unanimously agreed to revise the lease terms for the Wattle Avenue motorsport site.

It agreed to include an option to extend the lease by 11 years at the end of the existing 10-year term.

WASCC general manager Andrew Stachewicz said the potential 21-year horizon allowed the club to plan and invest in its facilities.

“For us, this whole issue was about outlook – long-term or short-term – and we want to have a long-term outlook,” he said.

“We are prepared to work very collaboratively with (the City) in respect to the master plan for the area.”

Part of the decision noted, subject to resolution of current contractual arrangements, WA Sporting Car Club would seek to formalise the venue name to Wanneroo (sponsor name) Raceway.

However, Mr Stachewicz said the club had a sponsorship arrangement with Barbagallo and it had recently rebranded as Barbagallo Wanneroo Raceway.

Preliminary works have started to prepare for resurfacing the track, which will be closed for about a month this summer.

Club president Russell Sewell said it was last resurfaced about 15 years ago.

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