Townsville City Council has approved a development application for a motorsport and driver education facility in Calcium.
The $23 million development will have a range of options including a racing track, drag racing, rally racing, speedway and a burnout pad.
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said the development, proposed by DriveIT NQ, would be a massive asset for the city.
“The region really needs a facility like this – we don’t have anything like this and DriveIT NQ have worked hard to get to this point,” she said.
“The council is backing the project by agreeing to lease the Calcium site, which is located on former CSIRO grazing land, to DriveIT NQ.”
Cr Hill said the development would make Townsville the motorsport capital of northern Australia.
“Townsville residents have really embraced the V8 Supercars and this project will bring more major events to the city,” Cr Hill said.
“Local businesses will profit from a range of new sporting options which will attract people to the region.”
Stage one of the development will include an off-road rally circuit, a driver education pad and a karting track.
The second stage will include a drag strip and motorkhana section.
Cr Hill said the approval included event guidelines for managing noise, lights and dust.