Showgrounds track will be 'boring': former chairman

FORMER Technology Challenge chairman Leoll Barron has weighed in on the debate about the event's future home, saying a proposed track at Maryborough Showgrounds would be boring.

Last week the Chronicle revealed Fraser Coast Opportunities was considering moving the signature Maryborough CBD event to the showgrounds.

Mr Barron helped create the Technology Challenge in 2002 and spent nearly a decade chairing and volunteering on its committee.

"At this stage I'm not convinced of the cost benefit-analysis moving the event to the showgrounds," he said.

Mr Barron said the showground was a boring track for riders.

"The location in the CBD was instrumental in promoting the event, community participation and gaining public profile," he said.

Mr Barron said while he acknowledged there are significant costs involved, consideration should be given to reduce cost and create possible track extensions.

"I think that's an option we've never looked at," he said.

Mr Barron said he was part of a council evaluation done on the event four years ago.

"The results were strong in favour of staying in the CBD but times change," he said.

Fraser Coast Regional Council Mayor Gerard O'Connell said he wants to look at ways to improve the event and plans to workshop with key stakeholders in coming weeks.

He stressed no final decision on the Technology Challenge venue had been made.



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