MANSFIELD Shire Council has hit back at claims by organisers of the Australian Four Day Enduro Championships that it is not doing enough to help the event gain the necessary planning permits.
Following on from a story in last week’s Mansfield Courier (front page – Enduro event hopes to bring $1.5m boost), the shire’s planning department contacted the Courier and expressed disappointed that its seven months of event pre-planning had gone uncredited in the story.
At the time of last week’s Courier, one of the event organisers, Chris Gray, said he “was frustrated” he had to “jump through hoops” to have the event staged in Merrijig.
The Australian Four Day Enduro Championship is predicted to bring between 2000 – 4000 spectators, along with 1500 event competitors and crew, to the shire if the event is approved in time for its May 11 start.
However, Mr Gray was only provided a comprehensive guide to the planning application process mid-January – which outlined in detail his need to obtain land titles for all seven private properties the event used.
It is these “hoops” that has stalled the Enduro organisers submitting their final planning application and potentially meaning the event may not go ahead at McCormack Park – though both parties are confident the paperwork will be rubber stamped in time.