Recycled rubber to make track safer

Collie Motorplex caretaker David Gapes, Motoring South West chairman Terry Massara and Cody Irvine with one of the five reels of conveyor belt donated by South32 Worsley Alumina. Photo: supplied
Collie Motorplex caretaker David Gapes, Motoring South West chairman Terry Massara and Cody Irvine with one of the five reels of conveyor belt donated by South32 Worsley Alumina. Photo: supplied

The improved safety for racers has been a focus for the Collie Motorplex as it recently took possession of two kilometres of conveyor belt donated by South32 Worsley Alumina.

Five reels of the used rubber belt, weighing close to 50 tonnes, was trucked in to the motorplex on Thursday, July 12.

Motoring South West chairman Terry Massara thanked South32 Worsley Alumina for the donation and said he was happy to recycle the rubber conveyor at Collie Motorplex.

“The old conveyor belt will provide better protection for our competitors and spectators. We are looking to use this around some of the bends to help reinforce existing tyre barriers,” he said.

“With recent federal government funding for facility upgrades, an overpass bridge and resurfacing of the track, we are moving forward to help make Collie an even better motorsport destination.”

The used conveyor belt was transported to the Collie Motorplex and the five reels were unloaded by crane services donated by Piavanini Welding.

South32 transports bauxite from its Boddington bauxite mine on an overland conveyor belt to its alumina refinery.

Sections of the conveyor belt wear out over time and the in-kind donation to Collie Motorplex was part of scheduled maintenance to the reclaim conveyor.