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MotorSports NT is now in its tenth 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 20 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 165,000 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 7,581 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 31,690 Territorians flock to see major club events – this does not include the V8 Supercars, Finke Desert Race, Red Centre Nats or Superbikes.
• The annual total of spectators at MotorSports NT affiliated club Major Title events and monthly club events equates to some 82,470 each year.
• The V8 Supercars, Finke Desert Race and Red Centre Nats attract approximately 73,726 spectators.
• Approximately 151,180 people spectate at motor sport events annually.
• Clubs not affiliated with MotorSports NT anecdotally attract a further 5-10,000 spectators annually.
•5,068 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 9,014 pit crew and competitors involved in competitive racing annually.
Officials & Volunteers
• There are some 896 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 151,180 spectate annually at motor sport events in the Territory
• Approximately 9,014 licensed competitors, pit crews, volunteers and officials regularly participate at MotorSports NT affiliated club events
• Approximately 165,000 participants attended motor sport events in the Territory in 2015
• Some 2,448,710 hours in voluntary labour each year
Congratulations goes to Peter Beaton, the recipient of the 2016/17 MotorSports NT Volunteer of the Year for Arunga Park Speedway Association. Peter prepares the track to perfection prior to all race meetings and has been doing so for many years.
MotorSports NT had their Annual General Meeting and 10th Birthday celebrations last Wednesday the 9th Aug. Sadly we say goodbye to Grant Hamon as outgoing President and welcome Mark Teakle as our newly elected President. Grant has given outstanding commitment to motorsport in the Northern Territory for over 35 years and on behalf of all involved in our sport, the MotorSports NT board would like to wish him well with his future endeavours. Also on the night Chief Minister Michael Gunner was inducted as our new Patron. Thanks to Edmund Forman High RPM for the wonderful photos.
Congratulations goes to Peter Holloway, the recipient of the 2016/17 MotorSports NT Volunteer of the Year for the Top End Mud Racing Assoc. Peter is the Communications Officer and has been a club member for over 15 years as well as being on the committee for approx 10 years. He goes above and beyond his nominated role on the committee. A lot of his time helping the club would go un-noticed by most members and even a lot of committee members as it is done after work hours and outside of club working bees.
L-R Peter Donovan (President) Peter Holloway and Rhonda Logan
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.