Thu, 17 September

START YOUR ENGINES: Go-kart track given the green light

Gawler East resident Greg Cowie has had his plans for a go-kart and laser skirmish amusement park on Tiver Road, Evanston South, approved. PHOTO: Sam Bradbrook

A NEW go-kart and laser skirmish amusement park will rev its way into Gawler inside the next 12 months, after it was granted development consent last week.

Gawler East resident Greg Cowie’s plan for the park, to be built on Tiver Road, Evanston South, has been four years in the making and was previously delayed in December by the Gawler Council Assessment Panel (CAP) as it sought further information from the developer.

It will include two go-kart tracks and a laser skirmish arena and will be open seven days.

At last Wednesday’s CAP meeting, members approved Mr Cowie’s plans and granted the amusement park development consent.

Mr Cowie said now development consent had been approved the “hard stuff” started.

“The place is a mess and it needs a huge amount of cleaning up,” he said.

“The basics are already there, but it’s just the clean-up, getting everything up to code – like the electrical and plumbing – and complying with what council want which will take time.”

Mr Cowie hoped to have the go-kart tracks open for use inside 12 months, with the laser skirmish arena to be opened sometime later.

The tracks have been designed in conjunction with international go-karting company SODIKARTS, which has visited the site in the lead up to development.

The proposal did garner some backlash from residents in the nearby Aspire housing estate, which saw council impose an opening hour limit of 10am until sunset each day.

Mr Cowie said sound mitigation infrastructure, such as a five-metre high acoustic mound, would be built first to minimise sound for nearby residents.

He added he had met all of council’s conditions and he failed to see any issues in the future.

“Every single one of their concerns were taken care of,” Mr Cowie said. “All of them.”

“There’s no reason for it to be opposed, it’s not going to create any hassle or problem whatsoever. All it’s going to do is improve the area.

“Any promotion for the sport (go-karting) is a good thing. This is a way for kids to get into karting at a good cost.”

Sam Bradbrook

@sambradbrook

Sam Bradbrook joined The Bunyip in 2018 as a reporter and covers the Gawler, Playford and Adelaide Plains Council rounds. He graduated from the University of South Australia in the same year with a Bachelor of Journalism and Professional Writing and had previously interned at the Jakarta Post in Indonesia and The Courier in Mount Barker before moving to Gawler. In February of 2020, Sam was named the Young Journalist of the Year for 2019 by Country Press South Australia. He is interested in reporting on politics, healthcare, police and social issues and outside of work has a passion for sport and music.

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