Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway promoter David Lander is infuriated following a decision by NSW Department of Health to exercise the option of using the Lismore Showground venue this coming weekend - and possibly into the future - as a quarantine station for Byron Bay residents who have been exposed to COVID 19.
Health Orders have been issued which clearly indicates the direction for 17 mobile homes to be brought into the Showground and placed in a fully self contained, secluded area for a 14 day quarantine period.
The direction by the NSW Department of Health will affect parking at the ground for this Saturday night's speedway fixture (December 4) which means some of the speedway spectators will have to park their cars outside the ground in Alexandra Parade.
“As far as general parking is concerned, the main front gate will be open and race fans can come straight in and park on the left or up near the wood chopping area. I am also organising a bus to transport the elderly from those gates up to the eastern end of the ground near the pavilions if anyone requires this service," Lander explained.
He is furious such measures are being taken when the Heath Department could have used another location on the site near the Go-Kart circuit.
Lander did not mince words when he said:
“Why did the department not choose other properties in Byron Bay and surrounding locations? I must say it is not the Lismore Show Society who have done this, I believe it is some bureaucrat from the NSW Department of Health who has made this decision when there was an alternative location for the mobile homes that would not have affected the running of our speedway.
"More so, we don't know how long this quarantine process will continue and we have our major meetings coming up over the Christmas - New Year period."
Even this Saturday night (December 4) is a major fixture, highlighted with the very popular kids Christmas Party and family entertainment night.
The speedway venue is the most regular tenant on a yearly basis with the Showground controlling North Coast National A and I Society and if this quarantine regulation continues it could seriously affect David Lander's speedway promotional operation at the ground at the high time of the season.