Collie Motorplex long circuit approved for racing

The Collie Motorplex long circuit has finally been given the green light of approval for racing by both the Confederation of Australian Motorsport and Motorcycling Australia.

The circuit has recently undergone a track extension, resurfacing and safety improvements with the financial support of Department of Sport and Recreation, Building Better Regions Scheme, the Collie Community Bank branch of the Bendigo Bank, Motoring South West, and the Shire of Collie.

The 2.55 kilometre track is now the longest and widest sealed racing circuit in Western Australia.

Shire of Collie chief executive officer David Blurton said he was excited the track had finally been completed.

"It is already a popular venue and we expect that the improvements completed and planned will take the facility to the next level in terms of quality of events, competitor and spectator numbers," he said.

The track extension and resurfacing projects cost $3.7 million and included many hours work by volunteers in constructing 800 metres of a triple-tyre wall.

The certification of the long track paves the way for the venue to host the Australian Historic Motorcycle event, held this year from September 27-30.

Federal Member for O'Connor Rick Wilson said he was proud the federal government had supported the track resurfacing with a $770,000 Building Better Regions Grant.

"The Motorplex is a huge asset for Collie in attracting people to town and needs to be supported at all levels." he said.

Collie-Preston MLA and Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray said he was pleased to deliver the $314,000 in funding.

"The McGowan Government is committed to supporting Collie's tourism industry - the upgrades to the Motorplex will mean Collie will attract thousands of new visitors into town, who will spend their money at local businesses, helping to drive the local economy," he said.

"(I) look forward to seeing the first official event at the new and improved Motorplex."

Shire of Collie president Sarah Stanley said the Collie Motorplex track extension was an exciting achievement for all involved.

"The track extension has truly been a collaborative effort from the ground up, with support from all levels of government, generous financial support, and dedicated volunteers working together to make it a reality," she said.

"We're well on our way to establishing the Collie Motorplex as the premier attraction in regional WA for motorsports enthusiasts."