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MotorSports NT is now in its ninth year as Peak Body for Territory motor sports. It has been an exciting time and our growth has been quite staggering given that we originally started with the 6 clubs that operated at the Hidden Valley Motor Sports Complex (HVMSC) in February 2007 to having 17 affiliated clubs across the Northern Territory and now represent over 10,000 licensed competitors, pit crew, volunteers and officials. Our surveys confirm that motor sports is arguably the most patronised of all Territory sports with over 184,000 spectators and participants annually!
It is interesting to note that the Northern Territory is the only Australian State/Territory that actually has a “Peak Sports Body” representing the interests of local motor sports and receiving funding from the Government annually to assist and support affiliated clubs.
• On average, clubs run approximately 12 events on a fortnightly/monthly basis over the season. Each month some 8,730 spectators attend MotorSports NT affiliated club events in the Northern Territory.
• Each of the MotorSports NT affiliated clubs sees a significant increase in spectators for Major Title Events. Some 31,900 Territorians flock to see major club events – this does not include the V8 Supercars or the Finke Desert Race.
• The annual total of spectators at MotorSports NT affiliated club Major Title events and monthly club events equates to some 104,700 each year.
• The V8 Supercars, Finke Desert Race and Red Centre Nats attract approximately 79,600 spectators.
• Approximately 170,000 people spectate at motor sport events annually.
• Clubs not affiliated with MotorSports NT anecdotally attract a further 5-10,000 spectators annually.
• 4700 licensed competitors are actively involved in motor sport in the Territory annually. Each competitor has a vehicle related to the individual motor sport discipline and generally have a support crew of 2-4 people, this equates to some 10,560 pit crew and competitors involved in competitive racing annually.
Officials & Volunteers
• There are some 817 officials associated with MotorSports NT affiliated clubs. * This does not include the V8 Supercars, Red Centre Nats or the Finke Desert Race.
• It takes approximately 10 hours on average for a club race meeting. Approximately 1,148,510 volunteer hours by club officials to set up and run race meetings. A further 15,000 hours could conservatively be expected to be expended on major events such as NT Titles across clubs.
• Club officials are also required to manage the day to day business of the individual motor sport discipline. This consists of regular committee meetings, national meetings and peak body dealings.
• Averages of 7-10 people are on committee’s for the various clubs and would meet on a minimum monthly basis for 3-4 hours. This would equate about another 7,680 hours in committee time across affiliated clubs annually.
• A further significant amount of volunteer hours goes into individual club working bees and maintenance and upgrades of facilities which is calculated at approximately 8,000 hours (17 affiliated clubs, 25 people for 5 hours at 4 working bees).
• A total of 2,448,710 hours in voluntary labour by officials and volunteers per annum.
• The average hourly rate is approximately $25. Therefore, approx $50,000,000 in kind is donated each year by officials and volunteers that are affiliated with MotorSports NT.
TOTAL PARTICIPATION INCLUDING OFFICIALS AND COMPETITORS
• Approximately 170,000 spectate annually at motor sport events in the Territory
• Approximately 10,000 licensed competitors, pit crews, volunteers and officials regularly participate at MotorSports NT affiliated club events
• Approximately 185,000 participants attended motor sport events in the Territory in 2015
• Some 2,448,710 hours in voluntary labour each year
Congratulations goes to Leonie Kerr, the recipient of the 2016 MotorSports NT Volunteer of the Year for the Central Australian Rally Sports Club. Leonie has been the club secretary and time keeper during 2016 and has gone above and beyond her role. Leonie has put in a significant amount of her time behind the scenes ensuring the future and smooth running of the club.
Congratulations goes to Natasha Langowski, the recipient of the 2016 MotorSports NT Volunteer of the Year for the Top End Moto Cross Club . Natasha has been the TEMCC secretary during 2016 and has gone above and beyond her role. Natasha has put in a significant amount of her time behind the scenes ensuring smooth running of the club.
Congratulations goes to Mark Robertson, the recipient of the 2016 MotorSports NT Volunteer of the Year for the Katherine Motor Sports Club. Mark not only effectively and efficiently fulfills his roles as a committee member, he also steps in and performs any role or duty to ensure the smooth running and growth of the club. Mark also actively assists with fundraising events.
Congratulations goes to Chrisanne Walsh, the recipient of the 2016 MotorSports NT Volunteer of the Year for the Central Australian Racing Assoc. Chrisanne has been indispensable for CADRA in the last 12 months. From organising race meetings, marketing for the club, administration of CADRA and including a large part of the organisation of the RED Centre Nats in Alice Springs.
Congratulations goes to Louis Bretherton, the recipient of the 2016 MotorSports NT Volunteer of the Year for the Top End Road Racing Assoc. Louis consistently attends TERRA race events, including general race meetings and major events such as TTC. For the past three years, Louis has taken an official role with TERRA, this year as Steward and in 2014-2015 as Clerk of the Course. Louis also dedicates his time to the club by helping co-ordinate major events, such as 2017 TTC. Louis conducts himself in a very professional manner. He is a friendly and approachable person who is always eager to assist members.
Congratulations goes to Landi VanWyk, the recipient of the 2016 MotorSports NT Volunteer of the Year for the Alice Springs Karting Assoc. Landi is the official in the tower, she organises sign on every race day, collects nominations and signs log books. Landi has performed this job since her own kids were racing and is one of the first there at every race meeting. Landi is dedicated to the club and always has a smile.