Superboats get green light
THE need for speed will be met in Hervey Bay, with the proposed Superboat race getting environmental approval from the State Government.
Race director Adam Gilbert and his team were issued a permit from Marine Services Queensland (MSQ) after meeting all requirements set out by the Department of Resource Management (DERM).
Mr Gilbert's application had to satisfy a wide range of concerns to get the permit, including risk to wildlife, interaction with the public, emissions, air quality, risk of fire and waste minimisation.
"If any marine animals are spotted, the race director will red flag and stop all craft immediately until the animal is safely out of harm's way," Mr Gilbert said.
"These conditions aren't negotiable.
"We conduct races all over Australia and we work extremely hard to ensure the safety of our drivers and the protection of these beautiful natural environments."
Mr Gilbert said plans are in motion to make the Fraser Coast a permanent fixture on the Superboat circuit after an overwhelming show of community support.
The FCRC's sport, recreation, events and open spaces portfolio councillor, Darren Everard said the event will only add to the Fraser Coast's growing reputation as a sporting tourism hotspot.
The event takes place on September 22-23.