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Today, the first of many big-ticket items were turned on in anticipation for our 2019 competition year!

Our new and very own licencing system was made available to all our members, officials and volunteers as communicated at our last Information Forum.

“This is a cutting-edge package called MyKarting™ Portal.  It will administer licences, event nominations, issue permits for competition and lots lots more” stated Director of Sponsorship, PR & Marketing, Andy Ticehurst.

It allows members to self-administer their racing details, apply for upgrades and even purchase products directly through innovative software.  The system can also be accessed by our new MyKarting™ Portal App.  Search “Karting New South Wales” in the App Store to download.

Members and clubs have been provided with login details and information pertaining to the MyKarting™ Portal. Members please check your inbox – or contact the KNSW Executive.

Training will commence shortly, and clubs will be notified in due course when training is available to them and the key people within their club.

To login or purchase a new KNSW licence please visit MyKarting™ Portal at www.kartingnsw.com.au

 #LetsRace2019

KARTING NSW EVENTS CALENDAR 2019

HIGHLIGHTS

KNSW 2019 STATE SPRINT TITLE

16/17 March – Griffith – Sprint Title Prelude

19/20/21 April – Griffith – KNSW 2019 State Sprint Title – Round 1

22/23 June – Manning Valley – Sprint Title Prelude

12/13/14 July – Manning Valley – KNSW 2019 State Sprint Title – Round 2

04/05/06 October – Combined Districts – KNSW 2019 State Sprint Title – Round 3

 

KNSW 2019 STATE SPEEDWAY CHAMPIONSHIP

21/22 September – Central Coast Speedway

 

2019 NORTHERN ZONE SERIES

23/24 March - Manning Valley – Round 1

04/05 May – Coffs Harbour – Round 2

27/28 July – Lismore – Round 3

07/08 September – Tamworth – Round 4

 

2019 SOUTHERN STARS SERIES

09/10 February – Canberra - Round 1

02/03 March - Grenfell – Round 2

22/23 June – Wagga and District – Round 3

21/22 September – Orange – Round 4

26/27 October – Griffith – Round 5

 

CLUB EVENTS

06/07 April – Tamworth – 2019 Brian Higginbotham

27/28 April – Lismore – 2019 Young Guns

07/08/09 June – Coffs Harbour– 2019 Over 40s – the tradition continues

23 June – Wollongong – 2019 Hots Shots and T&G SS

07 July – Central Coast Speedway – 2019 Alan Hann Memorial

20/21 July – Grenfell – 2019 Bob Hinde

03 August – Central Coast Speedway – 2019 KT Shootout

24/25 August – Dubbo – 2019 Maxxis Australia Gold Cup

25 August – Lismore – 2019 Hot Shots

07/08 September – Tamworth – 2019 Alan Cox

02/03 November – Orange – 2019 South Pacifics

09/10 November – Wollongong – 2019 Metro Cup

16/17 November – Combined Districts – 2019 Clyde Marshall

23/24 November – Canberra – 2019 Canberra Cup

07/08 December – Manning Valley – 2019 Dave Hamnett Memorial

 

 

FEBRUARY

Saturday 02

KNSW General Meeting – Sydney

Sunday 03

Orange KC – Club Day

Saturday 09

Wollongong KC – Club Day

Saturday 09/Sunday 10

Canberra KC – Southern Stars Series Round 1

Sunday 10

Lismore KC – Club Day

Tamworth KC – Club Day

Sunday 17

Combined Districts KC – Summer Cup

Griffith KC – Club Day

Central Coast Speedway KC – Club Day

Saturday 23

Manning Valley KC – Club Day

Saturday 23/Sunday 24

TEKA – pre season testing and 6 hours Club Day

Sunday 24

Wagga and District KRC – Club Day

Sapphire Coast KC – Club Day

NSW Speedway KC – Club Day

 

 

MARCH

Saturday 02

Wollongong KRC – Club Day

Saturday 02/Sunday 03

Grenfell KC – Southern Stars Series – Round 2

Sunday 03

Tamworth KC – Club Day

Coffs Harbour KC – Club Day

Sunday 10

Lismore KC – Club Day

Canberra KC – Club Day

4SKANSW – 6 hours – Club Day

Saturday 16/Sunday 17

Griffith KC – KNSW 2019 State Sprint Title Prelude

Sunday 17

Port Macquarie KC – Club Day

Combined Districts KC – Club Day

Central Coast Speedway KC – Club Day

Saturday 23/Sunday 24

Manning Valley – Northern Zone Series – Round 1

Sunday 24

Orange KC – Club Day

NSW Speedway KC – Club Day

Sunday 31

Sapphire Coast KC – Club Day

Dubbo KC – Club Day

 

 

APRIL

Saturday 06

Wollongong KC – Club Day

Saturday 06/Sunday 07

Coffs Harbour KC – Enduro

Tamworth KC – Brain Higginbotham

Sunday 07

TEKA – 500 laps – Club Day

Saturday 13 (School Holidays)

Central Coast Speedway KC – Club Day

Sunday 14 (School Holidays)

Combined Districts KC – Club Day

Friday 19/Saturday 20/Sunday 21 (School Holidays – Easter Holidays)

Griffith KC – KNSW 2019 State Sprint Title – Round 1

Saturday 27/Sunday 28 (School Holidays)

Lismore KC – 2019 Young Guns

Sunday 28 (School Holidays)

Wagga and District KC – Club Day

Dubbo KC – Club Day

Sapphire Coast KC – Club Day

4SKANSW – 6 hours – Club Day

NSW Speedway KC – Club Day

 

 

MAY

Saturday 04/Sunday 05

Coffs Harbour – Northern Zone Series – Round 2

Saturday 11

KNSW General Meeting – Sydney

Sunday 12

Tamworth KC – Club Day

Orange KC – Club Day

Saturday 18/Sunday 19

TEAK and 4SKANSW – 4 hours + 4 hours – Club Combo

Sunday 19

Port Macquarie KC – Club Day

Combined Districts – Club Day

Canberra KC – Club Day

Central Coast Speedway – Club Day

Sunday 26

Manning Valley KC – Club Day

Lismore KC – Club Day

NSW Speedway KC – Club Day

 

 

JUNE

Friday 07/Saturday 08/Sunday 09 (Queen’s Birthday)

Coffs Harbour KC – 2019 Over 40s – kart tradition continues

Sunday 09

Central Coast Speedway KC – Club Day

Saturday 15

Griffith KC – Club Day

Sunday 16

Port Macquarie – Club Day

Combined Districts KC – Club Day

Dubbo KC – Club Day

Saturday 22/Sunday 23

Manning Valley KC – KNSW 2019 State Sprint Title Prelude

Wagga and District KC – Southern Stars Series – Round 3

Sunday 23

Wollongong KC – Hot Shots and T&G SS

Saturday 29/Sunday 30

TEKA – 4.5 hours + 4.5 hours – Club Day

Sunday 30

Lismore KC – Club Day

Sapphire Coast KC – Club Day

4SKANSW – 7 hours – Club Day

 

 

JULY

Sunday 07 (School Holidays)

Central Coast Speedway KC – Alan Hann Memorial

Friday 12/Saturday 13/Sunday 14 (School Holidays)

Manning Valley KC – KNSW 2019 State Sprint Title – Round 2

Saturday 20/Sunday 21 (School Holidays)

Grenfell KC – Bob Hinde

Sunday 21 (School Holidays)

Port Macquarie KC – Club Day

Saturday 27/Sunday 28

Lismore KC – Northern Zone Series – Round 3

Sunday 28

Griffith KC – Club Day

4SKANSW – 6 hours – Club Day

NSW Speedway KC – Twilight Meeting – Club Day

 

 

AUGUST

Saturday 03

Central Coast Speedway KC – KT Shootout – Twilight Meeting – Club Day

Sunday 04

Coffs Harbour KC – Club Day

Tamworth KC – Club Day

Sapphire Coast KC – Club Day

Saturday 10/Sunday 11

TEKA – 3 hours + 6 hours – Club Day

Sunday 11

Orange KC – Club Day

Sunday 18

Manning Valley KC – Club Day

Combined Districts KC – Club Day

Wagga and Districts KC – Club Day

Canberra KC – Club Day

4SKANSW – 6 hours – Club Day

Saturday 24/Sunday 25

Dubbo KC – Maxxis Australia Gold Cup

Sunday 25

Lismore KC – Hot Shots

NSW Speedway KC – Club Day

 

 

SEPTEMBER

Sunday 01

Port Macquarie KC – Club Day

Saturday 07

KNSW General Meeting – Sydney

Griffith KC – Club Day

Central Coast Speedway KC – Club Day

Saturday 07/Sunday 08

Tamworth KC – Northern Zone Series – Round 4 – Alan Cox Cup

Sunday 08

Canberra KC – Club Day

Sunday 15

Coffs Harbour KC – Club Day

Grenfell KC – Club Day

TEKA – 444 laps – Club Day

Saturday 21/Sunday 22

Orange KC – Southern Stars Series – Round 4

Central Coast Speedway KC – 2019 NSW Speedway Title

Sunday 22

Combined Districts KC – Club Day

Sunday 29 (School Holidays)

Lismore KC – Club Day

Manning Valley KC – Club Day

 

 

OCTOBER

Friday 04/Saturday 05/Sunday 06 (School Holidays – Labour Day)

Combined Districts – KNSW 2019 State Sprint Title – Round 3 – Final Round

Saturday 12 (School Holidays)

Wollongong KC – Club Day

Sunday 13 (School Holidays)

Port Macquarie KC – Club Day

Canberra KC – Club Day

Saturday 19

Dubbo KC – Club Day

Sunday 20

Wagga and District KC – Club Day

4SKANSW – 6 hours – Club Day

Central Coast Speedway KC – Club Day

Saturday 26

Manning Valley KC – Club Day

NSW Speedway KC – Club Day

Saturday 26/Sunday 27

Griffith KC – Southern Stars Series – Round 5

 

 

NOVEMBER

Saturday 02/Sunday 03

Orange KC – 2019 South Pacific’s

Sunday 03

Tamworth KC - Club Day

Saturday 09/Sunday 10

Wollongong KC – 2019 Metro Cup

Sunday 10

Lismore KC – Club Day

Grenfell KC – Club Day

TEKA – 8 hours – Club Day

Saturday 16/Sunday 17

Combined Districts – 2019 Clyde Marshall

Saturday 23

KNSW Forum – Sydney

KNSW Annual Awards Night – Sydney

Wagga and District KC – Club Day

Saturday 23/Sunday 24

Canberra KC – Canberra Cup

Saturday 30

Coffs Harbour KC – Club Day

Griffith KC – Club Day

Dubbo KC – Club Day

 

 

DECEMBER

Sunday 01

Lismore KC – Club Day

Orange KC – Club Day

Saturday 07/Sunday 08

Manning Valley KC – 2019 Dave Hamnett Memorial

Sunday 08

Combined Districts KC – Xmas Meeting

Grenfell KC – Club Day

Saturday 14

Tamworth KC – Handicap and Enduro Special

 

The Events Calendar is correct at the time of publication but is subject to change at the discretion of KNSW.

Racing will be conducted under KNSW Racing Rules, Regulations and Specifications

#letsrace2019

Karting (NSW) Inc. (the ORIGINAL one) is pleased to announce its proposed Licence Fee structure for 2019.

KNSW has smashed the cost of new competition licences and renewals by around 15%, far exceeding its initial promise of 8.5% some months back. Other features of the proposed new structure include further discounts for our youngest Karters. Previously known as Cadet 9 and Cadet 12, our Novice and Rookie classes (up to the age of 12) have an 18% reduction in new licences and renewals, making it more affordable for Families to enjoy their Sport. In similar fashion, the cost of a Vintage licence has been slashed by 30% to encourage participation in this niche part of the sport.

“We made a promise to return money back to the Karter, and that is exactly what we propose to do.” said KNSW Operations Manager Ross Allen.

Another innovative feature of the new proposed structure includes a 30 Day Licence and will be available to folk to come and have a try and get back into the sport, and then only pay the difference to a full licence.

The Board is also considering Event Licenses and Reciprocal Licence arrangements with interested interstate Karting clubs and organisations coming to join the fun in racing with KNSW – no need to be a Member – just come and race with us!

“We’ll gauge the demand for these licence types and reciprocal arrangements going forward and see how we can make them work for our events and participants.” Ross said. “Practice licences are also slightly cheaper but our thinking is people will now want to upgrade to full licences given their improving affordability.”

KNSW propose to grandfather the KA Licences that their Members currently hold until their next expiration date, at which point renewal to a new proposed KNSW licence will be as per the table below.

The Board of KNSW is standing by its members to make karting more affordable, and is committed to further lowering licence fees, as well as club affiliation and event permit fees going forward.

KNSW Inc. can confirm, despite rumours and publications to the contrary, that none of our clubs have dis-affiliated from us - Karting (NSW) Inc.

“We will continue to review ways to return value back to our Members and Clubs, strengthening the Sport and showing respect to our People” said Dave Filipetto Chairman of the Board of KNSW.

“Our proposed licence fees will have a huge positive impact on our Member’s hip pockets and combined with our sensible and affordable tyre choice announced recently, we are showing how we will drive costs down for the competitor. We also propose to modestly reduce Club Affiliation fees this year, but along with Permit fees, they will be our next focus for Clubs. We have a plan and want our Members to believe in what we are doing.”

As you have all been aware, the Office Executive have also been busily working to restore our IT platforms with an increased focus on our web-based systems and personal data security. Events that lead to this remedial work are still the subject of investigation by relevant authorities. We look forward to launching our new website in the upcoming days.

When it comes time to renew your licence with KNSW please call the KNSW State Secretary – Karen Newton on 02 4731 5000. If your licence is due now or early January, you will soon be able to renew through our new online portal – all before racing season next year. This will carry the latest in IT Security protocols to safeguard your personal and payment details.

Stay tuned for more information this week and into the early New Year – #LetsGoRacing2019! Licence Type

Cost

New Competition Licence Seniors and Juniors

$245.00

New Competition Licence Novice & Rookie

$235.00

New Renewal Competition Licence Seniors & Juniors

$245.00

New Renewal Competition Licence Novice & Rookie

$235.00

Renewal Competition Licence Seniors & Juniors

$225.00

Renewal Competition Licence Novice & Rookie

$215.00

Practice Licence

$80.00

Practice Licence upgrade Seniors & Juniors

$165.00

Practice Licence upgrade Novice & Rookies

$155.00

30 Day Licence

$120.00

30 Day Licence upgrade Seniors & Juniors

$125.00

30 Day Licence upgrade Novice & Rookies

$115.00

Legal Guardian Licence

$0.00

Vintage Licence

$65.00

 

 

Thank you

Dave Filipetto

Chairman

Karting (New South Wales) Inc.

As a result of open collaborative discussion which took place at our Member Information Session held on 01 December 2018, KNSW confirms that practice for KNSW Clubs on ALL Approved Tyres (both KNSW and KA) will be permitted and covered by KNSW current insurances provided compliance with the attached 2018/19 KNSW Interim Practice Regulations. Please note the 2018/19 KNSW Interim Practice Regulations below will be effective from 05 December 2018 until such time of the full release of the 2019 KNSW Rules and Regulations or as otherwise determined by KNSW. Read full release here. http://kartsportnsw.com.au/doc/PRACTICE_TYRES_MEDIA_RELEASE_FINAL_7_DEC_2018.pdf

AN OPEN LETTER TO OUR NSW MEMBERS & KARTING COMMUNITY

REPORT BACK ON THE MEMBER INFORMATION FORUM HELD ON 01 DECEMBER 2018

Last Saturday morning, 01 December 2018 the Board and Executive of Karting NSW Inc. (the real one) met with about 80 of our NSW Members at Penrith Panthers representing Clubs from around the State and where we laid out in detail, the work underway to move our State towards a position of independence in 2019.

The Board of Karting NSW has always communicated in an open and honest manner and the detail that we provided was warmly received by those present. As Directors, we believe it to be so important to build on the foundation of trust that we have worked hard to foster, and that which makes these events worthwhile and authentic.

You will recall the motions put and voted on in majority by our Members in September as: 
1. Engage the other States in a Vote of No Confidence in Karting Australia,
2.Develop and execute a plan to disaffiliate from Karting Australia.

We outlined the progress that we have made down these two pathways, clearly showing the way we will move forward with each. We relayed that we had contacted all States in Australia and spoken to only 3 State Presidents and other representatives. They were Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia. The other States would not engage. The Presidents of the States we spoke to demonstrated little or no support to join in the motion of no confidence, even though each relayed varying levels of dissatisfaction with the National Body. Regardless, we will move to the next phase of calling a General Meeting of State Members in due course to promote a vote. A Notice to call a meeting has already been appropriately served.

The Board then outlined the pathway to disaffiliation but not before addressing the correspondence sent by AKA Ltd (trading as Karting Australia) on the 30th November, 2018 where Karting Australia announced that they have established an alternate association in NSW – to be known as Karting Australia (NSW) or KANSW. In this divisive move, Karting Australia has moved the sport into further uncertainty by standing up an organisation that not only appears to be in breach of its own constitution but bears a confusing similarity in name and trademark to those of Karting NSW (us, the real one). Further correspondence sent by KANSW directly to members further added to the confusion and misinformation.

The Board will write more specifically on this matter in the next day or so, but we reiterate that Karting NSW Inc (Us, the real one) currently remain Members of AKA Ltd (T/A Karting Australia). The only thing we say on the matter at the moment is that we believe this ‘other organisation’, does not have equivalent member status as KNSW or other States with Karting Australia. Also assertions made that KANSW (which only came into existence 17 days ago) will have access to the TDF are completely false and Members should not be duped. This organisation appears to be just a shell and we encourage your prudence in dealing with them.

In regards the matter of disaffiliation - well that will now come at a time of our choosing, and particularly now that Karting Australia have prematurely ‘changed the game’ with this confusing and provocative move to further divide the Sport’s administration rather than attempt to unify it for all.

And just to be clear, Karting NSW Inc. (“Us”) is and currently remains an Ordinary Member of the Australian Karting Association Limited.

But for now, let’s not dwell on any more negativity but move onto the positive and exciting work that has been done to stand ourselves up for the 2019 Competition year. Our presentation showcased the wonderful work done by our Sub-committees to get the administrative processes, Rule Books, Classes, Tyres, Engines, Licences, Officials, Member Management, Timing Systems and draft calendar all up and running so we can manage the Sport of Karting independently here in NSW and promote open, fair, fun and family friendly competition in 2019.

A copy of that presentation is available and will be sent to all members shortly after this memo, but the feedback on the day has given us the confidence that we have pretty much got it right. Still some fine tuning to do in most areas but the bulk of the work has been done and again we can’t thank those involved nearly enough for their dedication and hard work. The Board was particularly pleased with the Member engagement and approval and it was great to see the excitement in the room in the lead up to making our sport great again.

Later that day, and following our meeting with Members, we then hosted an information forum for Industry Representatives. A large part of the Karting Industry was present and they too were enthusiastic at the prospects. We openly discussed the State’s journey since 2017 outlining many of the issues, but what was more encouraging was the recognition of the many opportunities that lay before us all. The Board of Karting NSW Inc. recognises the importance of Industry, not just as suppliers of goods and services but more importantly as a part of the fabric of the Sport, and often where the Members go to for some of their information. We will work closely and transparently with our Industry friends for the improvement of the Sport and for the benefit of our Members. .

IN ADDITION - SPECIAL ANNOUNCMENT, KARTING NSW Inc. AUTHORISES PRACTICE ON ALL APPROVED TYRES

Karting NSW Inc. (“Us”) will immediately authorise practice for all NSW Member Clubs under our own insurance arrangements. KNSW Inc. can confirm that practice will be authorised for ALL Approved Tyres (listed by both KNSW and KA) in the lead up to the 2019 competition year. With the Maxxis competition tyre due to arrive in the coming week and Dunlop’s already available, Karters may be keen to give them a try. A further release on tyre availability and KNSW Inc’s Interim Practice Regulations 2018/19 will follow shortly, but please contact the State Secretary for details.

That’s all for now, but in concluding I would like to thank my fellow Directors and the Executive of Karting NSW Inc. for all their hard work and loyalty recently. These have been tough times, but what has made it all worthwhile, and indeed provided us the motivation to continue - is the overwhelming messages of support we have received from you, the wider Membership here in NSW. The Board thanks you, and we commit to continue acting for your benefit and welfare.

Yours in Karting,
Dave Filipetto 
Chairman
Karting (NSW) Inc

Dear Members

I write to update you on our activities since the last SKC Information Meeting in October 2018 where we outlined our plan for the Sport of Karting in NSW for 2019 and beyond.

 I write to you on behalf of the entire Board of Karting NSW. As volunteer directors we find ourselves having to navigate difficult times of great change.

This change has been thrust upon us, and it is with great humility and a desire to do what is best for our people, our officials and the average grassroots Karter that guides us on how we are to proceed forward. We have no other ambition except to do what is right and to deliver on the express desires of our Members and act on the feedback which you have all provided over the last 12 months.

Last Saturday the 1st September 2018, the part of the Board that was up for re-election, was unanimously voted back in and given a clear mandate to make karting better in NSW. As a Board, we were given a clear direction on what to do. We do not act without the authority of the NSW SKC; rather we are simply the vehicle to put into action the instructions given.

We understand that the circumstances are somewhat confusing and so this correspondence will look to provide the clarity needed for each and every one of you to be of clear mind to make your decisions and instruct your Club committees’ accordingly.

The resounding message the Board has received over the past year has been that the Members of NSW have lost their voice and their confidence in our national body. In their experience the sport has become too expensive and the rules have prevented many people from participating. This has been shown by plummeting participation rates – around 35% over the last 5 years and 17% in the last year alone.

We need to provide a formula which is a broad church of inclusion for the average grassroots Karter. Much useful karting equipment lies redundant in peoples’ sheds, and they are either unwilling or unable to buy the new equipment the current regulations promote. We also need to provide inclusive formats for other growth areas of karting such as Vintage, Endurance, 4 stroke and Speedway, and bring these groups closer into the fold of mainstream karting. This however, will not be at the expense of those Karters who have the more modern or current spec equipment, and we are not promoting a regression or stepping back in time for the sport. We are not looking to reduce the regulations to a rabble but will take your advice on what is appropriate and achievable. We do not wish to cut off the avenues to those Karters with higher ambitions of competing at national levels either, as they seek a higher order of competition. Rather we will look to offer people appropriate ways to take what they have to their local track, with their families, compete and have fun – which is really what 95% of you want to do and have asked us to provide.

Our Members have asked us to rebuild and redefine the Sport to make it more affordable and fun. We will collaborate with representatives from within the Club ranks to help us build a balanced and inclusive approach.

We have arrived at this point because our efforts to achieve these goals from within the current framework have not been afforded a fair and balanced debate with our national body. We have sought to engage the Australian Karting Association Limited (trading as Karting Australia) these past 12 months to discuss the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which defines the business relationship between NSW and KA – but we have not been successful in bringing them to the table. Their views on these topics have been expressed in their most recent letter of 31 August 2018 to Club Presidents. Our efforts to have rules changed have not received much traction with them either. The Board has also sought information from KA on important matters of governance and administration, and the entity of AKA Inc. Despite repeated attempts to gain this understanding, the information surrounding their authority on the decision not to wind up AKA Inc (including failure to disclose this to anyone) has not been provided to date. We have again repeated our request this week, and still await a response. We do not wish to have a battle with KA, but the lack of information being provided, including representations made to our members over the past 5 years go to the heart of transparency and trust. This has regrettably led to a motion from the SKC of a vote of No Confidence in the Board and CEO of Karting Australia.

The Board of Karting NSW now simply wants to focus on our People, the grassroots Karter in NSW and move things forward positively. We are aware that the move to run the sport independently within NSW is a big step and may be concerning to many members, and this is something we should all consider and take very seriously. It will require a collective effort from all of you and your Clubs to succeed and together we will steer the sport into the future. The Board is committed to restoring and invigorating the grassroots of karting at a Club level within NSW. We have a solid vision to grow our participation by addressing affordability and making it a much simpler format where folk, young and old – and their families can come together and have fun.

We have identified the following key areas of focus or information that may help you understand what is needed to go forward. It provides for transition but over time, will also provide the foundations for the framework to rebuild our future together.

Process:
Club Committees and delegates have been provided 21 days to go back to their members to discuss and decide on the Motion (Vote of No Confidence in KA) and then to withdraw KNSW’s affiliation with AKA Ltd (KA). If the vote carries by majority, all Clubs within NSW will disaffiliate from KA. We will then issue KA our 30 day notice of withdrawal.

Track Development Fund:
To be clear, the TDF is made up of member contributions over time. The Board of KNSW will move to protect the value of the Fund for its beneficiaries. In the end, that is You. It is important for those Clubs with TDF Loans to understand the legalities around the loan agreements that they have entered with Karting New South Wales. Karting New South Wales hold the loans with Karting Australia and so the issue of these loans is between KNSW and KA. Clubs should clearly understand their rights and obligations as a guarantor under those Agreements. We strongly encourage those Clubs to undertake their own due diligence and/or obtain advice on who has the authority to forgive loans (if this has been offered to you). We encourage you all to make fully informed decisions. Should KNSW withdraw its affiliation from KA, it is our position that KNSW will continue to collect repayments from those Clubs at current levels and secure them by placing them into a Solicitors Trust account until the Trustee of the TDF Fund under AKA Inc. becomes clear.

Insurance:
We have secured insurance to the same level (like for like – Personal Accident and Public Liability) as currently exists. Clubs, competitors and officials will enjoy the same coverage as they do now.

Licencing:
Karting NSW will introduce its own State based licencing system – for competitors and officials. KNSW would honour or ‘grandfather’ your current licence duration and provide you with KNSW interim licences free of charge. The Board will review licence costs and flow savings to our members. KNSW will most likely recognise other types of racing licences, day licences as well as those from other States as well as national. We would work with the other states to establish reciprocal licence arrangements.

Permits:
KNSW will continue to issue permits as it currently does under the auspices of the NSW State government. The Board will review permit costs and flow savings to our Clubs for their events.

Financial Security:
With control over the outflow of Member money, we will work as quickly as possible to reduce costs across the spectrum. Coming off the back of a loss this year and having to pick up insurance costs, we would look to stabilise cash flows across 3 to 6 months, build some working capital and following this, then commit to reviewing our cost base. Our ambition is to reduce licencing and permit costs over time. If all Clubs stay the course and remain with KNSW, and coupled with the anticipated increase in participation, we are confident that costs will decrease substantially. We will continue to discount in a sensible and viable manner over time and you will all have access to ‘our books’ in an open and transparent way. As a first demonstration of this, we will flow value back to each of you over the year ahead when your licence is up for renewal – you will get a 12 month KNSW licence but pay only 11 months and this amounts to an immediate 8.5% saving. Give us the numbers and we will give you the savings.

Timing:
We are fully aware of the restrictions and limitations that exist with the current timing systems and have explored various options for the future. However, the Board will involve the Clubs and their members to obtain the most suitable system for now and looking ahead. We think we can stand up a new system in a reasonable time.

Rule book:
By and large, the basis of the rules and processes that we follow will not be discarded but enhanced. The Board of KNSW will consult widely with members to address any perceived limitations as well as exploit any sensible opportunity and we will generate our own unique State-based rule book. The Welfare Directors within the Board will consult with Members through and with the assistance of KNSW Officials and Club representatives. In short time, a State rule book will be produced that will reflect best practice and maintain our high standards on and off the track. Our mindset will be to provide great competition but above all bring back the ‘fun factor’.

Technical and Classes:
Without a doubt this is the area of the sport where the biggest need for a review is required. The Board believes that there must be more freedom and flexibility to allow Clubs to run categories and classes that best suit their individual needs and demographic, while maintaining or improving our high standard of safety and event professionalism that we all enjoy. The Board will establish a Panel consisting of representatives from Clubs, Officials and other stakeholders like industry to review this extremely important part of the sport. It is anticipated that this would be a progressive process where new things are tried and tested, but flexibility is the key. We know that the number one single item that must be immediately reviewed is tyres. The current tyres are too soft and not durable enough for club level racing. We would most probably invite industry representatives to tender a business case for the provision of suitable and cost effective tyres.

Other areas for review would be but not limited to, classes weights, restrictors, and a better opportunity for the use of all available engines in a competitive way, and a general simplification of racing a kart. All equipment new and old would be afforded some consideration. We do concede that this will pose some difficulties, but patience and understanding is key. However, arresting the continual changes to the rules will make life easier for competitors and officials.

Competition:
We will continue to promote and support all levels of Club and State Championships but open it up in a way that increases competition and simplifies the Calendar. Unshackled from the national calendar we will be able to stabilise our State events a lot earlier and this will include giving championship status to categories that are not currently recognised. We want to promote more women in our sport. We have to breed our new Cadet classes with affordable entry level set ups, as well as drive junior development and embrace our seniors in ‘Masters’ events and categories.

Stakeholder Management:

1. NSW Government: The Office of Sport :
The NSW Office of Sport recognises Karting NSW as the sole administrator and body to govern and regulate the sport of karting in NSW including the issue of permits and the conduct of track inspections. KNSW and the Office of Sport enjoy a strong working relationship, which the Board has grown this year and will continue to strengthen. KNSW will continue to seek government funding as available and appropriate.

2. Confederation of Australian Motorsport:
KNSW will apply for its own membership with CAMS.

Industry
KNSW will look to open up our contact and relationship with the Karting Industry in an open and contestable way. This will benefit the average Karter as well as suppliers.

Culture, Standards and Behaviour
We have said our aim is to act in the interests of our members. Our express desire is to promote a culture where Families and Friends come together, have a crack out on the track but in between share a laugh with a positive and inclusive culture. The Board has been somewhat amazed at the huge well of discontent in the grassroots level during our time in the Sport and this above all is our motivation to make things better.

Change is difficult at any time, but do not fear it. Nothing stands still for long. Rather embrace the opportunity that it brings to wipe the slate clean and rebuild the Sport the way you want it to be. Standing together as one to do it. The Board believes that this is what people have wanted for years. Together we will be sensible and moderate going forward. Our consultation with you all on all of this demonstrates that we are not approaching this recklessly, but rather giving you all the time needed and every opportunity to make informed decisions that will no doubt set the course of Karting in NSW for years to come and for future generations of our Karters. If you and your Club have the conviction, your Board has the courage. It won’t be easy, but nothing worthwhile in life ever is.

Please contact your Welfare Directors for any further information, but anyone on the Board will be happy to talk to you.

Yours in Karting
Dave Filipetto
Chairman Karting NSW

Recently the Annual General Meeting (AGM) for Karting NSW was conducted with a huge club presence.

Clubs sent representatives and observers at a level never seen at an AGM previously.  The AGM opened quickly and smoothly outlining the last twelve months of operation.

The main body of the meeting straight after is where the clubs went into overdrive and were eager to listen to the board’s findings and recommendations. 

50% of the skills-based board were up for re-election.  They were voted back in to a standing ovation.  One due for re-election was Chairman Dave Filipetto.

“It’s an important time and the sport is at a crossroads. I’m honoured to be re-elected, we have a lot of work ahead of us to make karting great in NSW again, and I know the whole board is up to the challenge and looking forward to it” stated Filipetto.

The major agenda item was Karting NSW’s affiliation to Karting Australia.

Many things were discussed, and much factual information was put to the member clubs to consider.  This ultimately led to a motion from the floor to lodge a motion of no confidence in the CEO and board of Karting Australia.

This also included a motion of no longer wanting to be a part of Australian Karting Association Limited (Trading as Karting Australia).

“We will however remain a part of Australian Karting Association Incorporated (AKA).” stated Filipetto. “AKA is the custodian of the National Track Development Fund (TDF). Karting NSW has a huge amount of members’ money in the TDF. We have tracks in NSW that could utilize those funds but since the purported transfer of the TDF to KA, the fund is getting fat and the tracks are not getting developed”

Karting NSW is in a unique position where they are the State Sporting Organisation (SSO) appointed by the NSW Office of Sport and have been for some time.   For the average karter - things will change - Karting will become more affordable and refocused back on participation as a family sport.   Racing will continue as normal and tracks will continue to operate.

It’s good times ahead in NSW - time to drag you’re clubman or J out of the shed and come retro racing with Karting NSW.

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