TUNING UP: Coates Hire Ipswich 400 and Ipswich City Council have donated to the Ipswich Kart Club.
TUNING UP: Coates Hire Ipswich 400 and Ipswich City Council have donated to the Ipswich Kart Club. David Nielsen

$15,000 Council and V8 donation puts kids on karting track

IPSWICH youth now has the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a kart, thanks to a $15,000 donation by Ipswich City Council and V8 Supercars to the Ipswich Kart Club.

The Mayoral Karts Program is an initiative between the Ipswich Kart Club and Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale and is being developed to give school-aged children the chance to get behind the wheel of a kart and learn vital driving techniques and car control skills before they obtain their road licence.

V8 Supercars donated $5000 to the Ipswich Kart Club's Mayoral Karts Program with Cr Pisasale presenting the organisation with a $10,000 cheque.

The purpose of the initiative is to give children aged between seven and 16 the chance to learn safe driving practices at a young age in a safe and controlled environment.

Cr Pisasale said the program would provide the club with five extra karts.

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"They had the national championships here and I was speaking to the club about how they can educate young kids before they start driving cars, while having fun at the same time," he said.

"The biggest problem was the affordability factor. So I said we could provide some money for some extra club karts so the kids could have a go.

"From my infrastructure funds I've come up with $10,000 for karts.

"Now they are going to have an educational program for the kids.

"If it saves just one life then it will be worth every cent.

"It is fantastic that the V8s have thrown in another $5000."

Cr Pisasale said the aim was to make karting accessible for all.

"This is about making sure everyone can get into karting," he said.



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