Karratha Kart Club aiming for State title after receiving grant to upgrade track lighting

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Simone Fountain, Shannon Drew and Annabelle Bishop, 14, at the Karratha Kart Club.
Camera IconSimone Fountain, Shannon Drew and Annabelle Bishop, 14, at the Karratha Kart Club. Credit: Alexander Scott/Pilbara News

The Karratha Kart Club hopes to host a State title round after it received $100,000 to upgrade the track’s lighting.

The kart club was told in February it would receive a $100,242 Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund grant.

The fund is provided by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and aims to increase participation in sport and recreation through the development of sustainable and well-utilised facilities.

Karratha Kart Club president Shannon Drew said the new lights would be at an international standard.

Drew said the club usually raced at night because of the heat during the day.

“We’re pretty much the only club in the north that can run at night under lights,” he said.

“So it just means people can travel from miles away and we can put on a little bit of a spectacle under lights and just know that we can flick the switch and they’re going to be good to go.”

Drew said the goal was for the club to hold a State title within the next three years.

He said it could bring 200 racers plus families to town for the event.

“So you’ll probably be an influx of 600-800 people in town, which is really good,” he said.

Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries regional manager Simone Fountain said the club was chosen after a rigorous process.

“It’s great to have really high level facilities up here in the North West and this facility in particular will not just support the growth of the club here, but it’ll also support the growth of other clubs in neighbouring areas of the region,” she said.

“Having a facility of this size and the capability that we’ll have once the upgrades completed really does give the club a great opportunity to support the whole of the North West and potentially hold State rounds.”

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