DAMAGE: Vandals have struck over the proposed Hinterland TT race.
DAMAGE: Vandals have struck over the proposed Hinterland TT race. Contributed

TT race haters need to 'take a chill pill'

NOT EVERYONE is against the plans for a 47km hinterland motorbike race.

That's the message from Maleny motorcycling enthusiast Ray Stewart who broke his silence to make clear it wasn't all one-way traffic so to speak.

He said he understood there was much more widespread support within the business community in the area for the controversial proposal from organiser David Rollins' Inside Line Events team.

Mr Stewart said the "quite ruthless" approach of race opponents Peaceful Roads Sunshine Coast had driven those in support of the proposal to ground.

DAMAGE: Vandals have struck over the proposed Hinterland TT race.
DAMAGE: Vandals have struck over the proposed Hinterland TT race. Contributed

"Everyone should just take a chill pill and wait for the referee's (Sunshine Coast Council and Events Board's) decision," he said.

Mr Stewart has raced the Isle of Man track in the 1983 Manx GP. 

He said he hoped both parties respected the eventual council decision rather than dragging the matter through the courts, fearful it would drive a wedge in the community.

He said recent vandalism of local roads had been a low point but felt tensions had started to ease within the community.

Division Five Councillor Jenny McKay recently expressed her frustration with the process, saying the proposal had lost her support, the vandalism of the roads the final straw as her patience wore too thin.

Peaceful Roads spokesman Barry Traill told the Daily last week he could not see how the proposal was tenable, expecting it would not proceed but was disappointed at the growing tensions in the community and the graffiti of the roads.

Mr Stewart questioned whether Cr McKay could remain in future debates on the proposal having made her opposition so clear.

The Inside Line Events team has until mid-August to complete safety audits with Mr Rollins last week confirming they were still working through a process to respond to the Sunshine Coast Events Board's request for more information, including completed safety audits.