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There have been a couple of surveys/petitions going around - one from Kartsports news and this one

Make Karting Great Again- Vote no confidence for current KA Board

https://www.change.org/p/make-karting-australia-great-again-vote-no...

Kartsport news survey (last time I looked) had 60% of karters will be doing less karting this year.

With this petition there has been over 100 signatures in the last 24hrs (near 300 now).  I am genuinely concerned about the big loss of participation rates in all clubs which affects every region. For every competitor that races, they bring spectators, suppliers, money to the area ie motels, restaurants, servos etc. It means jobs for people, businesses stay open. Its about families spending time with their kids, kids making life time friends and learning more than just race craft. They learn to abide by rules, they learn public speaking. Support before the regional clubs have closed their doors.

First round of ProTour 132 entries - I remember a few years back you would get that number in just 2 classes.  I am genuinely feeling for the clubs that are struggling due to low entry numbers.   Lack of numbers also means lack of support (ie volunteers) the mums that would help out whilst the kids were racing.  I hope it isn't too late?  Signatures can be anonymous.   

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Signed (despite the Trumpian allusion in the poll title...).

It at least looks as if that poll on Kartsport News has been closed down...?

Regards,

John.

The Kartsports News poll has now closed but you can click in to to see the final results

14.15% expect to do MORE racing than last year

59.67% expect to do LESS racing than last year

17.69% expect to do SAME racing as last year

4.25% don't race

4.24% other



john learmonth said:

Signed (despite the Trumpian allusion in the poll title...).

It at least looks as if that poll on Kartsport News has been closed down...?

Regards,

John.

New Poll up on Kartsport News for those that vote less karting - that might show some interesting results too

john learmonth said:

Signed (despite the Trumpian allusion in the poll title...).

It at least looks as if that poll on Kartsport News has been closed down...?

Regards,

John.

What is the use of a Petition? The State bodies have been aware for years that they can control Karting Australia but they seek not to do so. Perhaps they think the majority of karters are approving of KA's actions. Perhaps they don't have the guts to stand up to KA? Whatever, they will do nothing, Petition or not.

You may be right - but maybe with a large petition they might not be able to do nothing.  Just gotta keep trying before the whole thing is all over red rover.


richard gagie said:

What is the use of a Petition? The State bodies have been aware for years that they can control Karting Australia but they seek not to do so. Perhaps they think the majority of karters are approving of KA's actions. Perhaps they don't have the guts to stand up to KA? Whatever, they will do nothing, Petition or not.

Every Club has a Delegate to their State body. From these Delegates the State body is appointed. Therefore the President,Treasurer, Secretary are Club Delegates. If, as it seems, they represent the interests of their Members (karters) then the majority of karters must approve of their actions. Apathy is usually how they approve anything. Surely the interest of the majority counts for everything in a democracy.

A petition may bring more awareness. Perhaps the catalyst for more people to do some research on the matter or it just might be the one thing missing in a racers mind as to why less people are at their clubdays. If we sit back and do nothing waiting for the states, nothing will happen. After all, its made it to kartsportnews. Surely thats a gpod thing

It may be too late - 

Newcastle first race was 56 just prior to close off

SA Barossa was 15 - so they postponed the meeting until February

Albany was 24


Andy Venables said:

A petition may bring more awareness. Perhaps the catalyst for more people to do some research on the matter or it just might be the one thing missing in a racers mind as to why less people are at their clubdays. If we sit back and do nothing waiting for the states, nothing will happen. After all, its made it to kartsportnews. Surely thats a gpod thing

There were less than 20 entries at Emerald recently & less than 30 entries at Coffs Harbour for a 4 track challenge. Surely the brains trust at KA can also see that small clubs are barely surviving with these numbers. Is it on their agenda to get rid of small clubs? Certainly seems so by some of their financially influenced decisions. The unfortunate thing is the brainless State bodies who are, through club delegates, supposed to REPRESENT the average karter do absolutely NOTHING. Are they doing the job they were voted in to do? Of course not. Will the apathetic karter do anything about it? Of course not!

Di Smith said:

It may be too late - 

Newcastle first race was 56 just prior to close off

SA Barossa was 15 - so they postponed the meeting until February

Albany was 24


Andy Venables said:

A petition may bring more awareness. Perhaps the catalyst for more people to do some research on the matter or it just might be the one thing missing in a racers mind as to why less people are at their clubdays. If we sit back and do nothing waiting for the states, nothing will happen. After all, its made it to kartsportnews. Surely thats a gpod thing

It really is a sad state (Nation) of affairs.

So even if the master plan is to close down some clubs (refer WOSR)_ where does anyone think the members of those clubs will end up?

richard gagie said:

There were less than 20 entries at Emerald recently & less than 30 entries at Coffs Harbour for a 4 track challenge. Surely the brains trust at KA can also see that small clubs are barely surviving with these numbers. Is it on their agenda to get rid of small clubs? Certainly seems so by some of their financially influenced decisions. The unfortunate thing is the brainless State bodies who are, through club delegates, supposed to REPRESENT the average karter do absolutely NOTHING. Are they doing the job they were voted in to do? Of course not. Will the apathetic karter do anything about it? Of course not!

Di Smith said:

It may be too late - 

Newcastle first race was 56 just prior to close off

SA Barossa was 15 - so they postponed the meeting until February

Albany was 24


Andy Venables said:

A petition may bring more awareness. Perhaps the catalyst for more people to do some research on the matter or it just might be the one thing missing in a racers mind as to why less people are at their clubdays. If we sit back and do nothing waiting for the states, nothing will happen. After all, its made it to kartsportnews. Surely thats a gpod thing

When one door closes another always seems to open - THe Clubs that have already left KA are leaping ahead and growing very quickly and like these clubs they will say why didn't we do it sooner?



Neville Scullion said:

It really is a sad state (Nation) of affairs.

So even if the master plan is to close down some clubs (refer WOSR)_ where does anyone think the members of those clubs will end up?

richard gagie said:

There were less than 20 entries at Emerald recently & less than 30 entries at Coffs Harbour for a 4 track challenge. Surely the brains trust at KA can also see that small clubs are barely surviving with these numbers. Is it on their agenda to get rid of small clubs? Certainly seems so by some of their financially influenced decisions. The unfortunate thing is the brainless State bodies who are, through club delegates, supposed to REPRESENT the average karter do absolutely NOTHING. Are they doing the job they were voted in to do? Of course not. Will the apathetic karter do anything about it? Of course not!

Di Smith said:

It may be too late - 

Newcastle first race was 56 just prior to close off

SA Barossa was 15 - so they postponed the meeting until February

Albany was 24


Andy Venables said:

A petition may bring more awareness. Perhaps the catalyst for more people to do some research on the matter or it just might be the one thing missing in a racers mind as to why less people are at their clubdays. If we sit back and do nothing waiting for the states, nothing will happen. After all, its made it to kartsportnews. Surely thats a gpod thing

I only know of Toowoomba in Qld. What other clubs have left the KA fold?

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