The Gresford street that’s home to the famous billy cart derby would get a $1 million upgrade under a re-elected Coalition government, Nationals MP for Lyne David Gillespie says.
Dr Gillespie announced an election promise on Wednesday to upgrade the road surface at Parke Street, which is turned into a billy cart circuit each year for the event. The funding would be on top of the $923,000 earmarked for work on the street as part of the Roads to Recovery program.
“Parke Street is the main transport link and tourist route to the Barrington Tops camping grounds where thousands of people visit each year,” he said.
“This year between 3000 and 4000 people visited Gresford for the [billy cart] derby, which involved 80 events and 60 billy carts.
“There was over $50,000 raised by the community for various community organisations, $24,000 was also raised through camp fees that weekend and thousands of dollars injected into the local economy.
“Unfortunately, while this event has continued to grow, the road through Gresford has continued to deteriorate and so this commitment of further funding will ensure the relevant work to resurface and improve the main street through Gresford is done, but the billy cart derby will continue for many more years to come.”