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February 12 - 18, 2010
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A motorsport complex at Tailem Bend
has bookings even though its official
opening is months away, fuelling debate
that a city-based proposal should be
approved by the Government.
A consortium of private investors
is attempting to secure land for the $20
million Adelaide Motorplex, which
would provide the only city-based
venue for sports including drag racing.
Motorsport enthusiasts have
galvanised in support of the city
complex, with more than 7000 attending
a car rally in Port Adelaide last month.
Spokesperson Anna Micheel said
the group was initially offered land
in the industrial precinct at Gilman,
but that offer was later revoked by the
The Opposition has pledged to let
the consortium use the Gilman land if
elected at the state election, while other
supporters include Family First MP
Rob Brokenshire and the Port Adelaide
Ms Micheel said the consortium
was now in talks with the Land
Management Corporation, which
suggested two alternative sites for the
Motorplex in Adelaide s north.
The Government has cited noise
pollution and proximity to potential
housing developments as issues with
the Gilman site. Ms Micheel said sites
the LMC now proposes are even closer
"The sites are privately owned and
have more issues we d need to deal with
than the Gilman site," she said.
"They ve said noise and environ-
mental issues would need to be dealt
with, but we would conduct our own
investigation and handle each issue as
it was presented."
National Drag Racing Association
CEO Tony Thornton said a city complex
would complement the Tailem Bend
track on the former Mitsubishi testing
"There is enough demand for both
tracks, though the sport may take time
to recover after years without a venue,"
"We have AAMI stadium, yet there
is support for a city stadium. The same
theory works for all sports that rely on
spectators for revenue."
Fans want city
Hundreds of country students will be
starting uni in the next few weeks with
no financial assistance, even though
they should be getting it.
Last year the Federal Government
abolished all the scholarships usually
given to university students. The schol-
arships were meant to be replaced with
others, but due to a political deadlock
these have not yet been approved by
The new scholarships were part of
a Bill which made sweeping changes
to the youth allowance. The Bill was
voted down by the Coalition and
independent Senator Steven Fielding.
The Coalition says it is in favour of
giving this year s university students
access to scholarship money and
says the Government should split the
scholarships issue from the rest of
the Bill so it can be quickly passed in
Education Minister Julia Gillard did
not respond to The Independent Weekly
Meanwhile, Lachy Cameron from
Loxton is preparing to move to
Adelaide and start his first year of
His family is confused about what
money will and won t be available to
"At one stage we were told he
wouldn t get anything but the last
email we got said people who took a
gap year like Lachy would qualify for
youth allowance. It s all up in the air,"
said Lachy s mother, Anne Proud.
The issue is further complicated by
the possibility the bill will be passed
sometime during the year, which
would then change youth allowance
"The changes need to be passed
today so we know what s going on and
we can have some certainty about the
year ahead," said Adelaide University
Union welfare officer Hayden
Others would be better off if the bill
"It s easier as it stands because
at least I know I ll qualify for youth
allowance," said Pamela Perre, who
will also be moving to Adelaide from
the Riverland to start study this year.
Study money a no-brainer
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