BYO WATER: Competitors to offset usage through donation
ATTENTION is swirling around ways to conserve our dwindling water supplies, so a team of event organisers have concocted a plan to offset the litres their competitors will use when they roll into town later this month.
The hundreds of competitors for the Warwick 1000 at Morgan Park Raceway are being asked to bring a carton of water to donate to the region, or donate money to be spent on bottled water.
So far the response has been overwhelming, with competitors for the event already donating enough money for more than 5000 bottles of water.
Event organiser and Queensland Racing Drivers Association representative Brett Batterby said news of the drought struck a chord with competitors, who were aware they would be putting a strain on the water supply.
"We're going to bring 300 or 400 people to town who will be brushing their teeth and flushing the toilet," he said.
"What we're thinking is if people grab a slab of water, they can't shower with it, but they can put it in the sink and brush their teeth.
"We want to be able to help in a practical way, as well as help other people outside the region understand just how devastating this drought is."
Mr Batterby said about $2200 had already been donated to the cause, which guaranteed four pallets of water, with about two weeks to go until the event.
The water will be bought from SUPA IGA Warwick, ensuring the money also helps boost business.
Of late debate has raged about whether large events should be held during the drought, but Mr Batterby said it was important as it helped bring dollars to town.
"Every night we'll be in the restaurant eating and every morning we grab a coffee on the way to the track," he said.
"We stay at the Horse and Jockey and I've never had a bad meal there.
"There will be a few people camping on site but they'll be dropping into town and buying milk or getting a pie.
"What we're hoping to do is spend plenty of money in town."
The water bottles collected through the event will be distributed by the Killarney Lions Club, who will also be catering for the event using food bought from the region.
The Warwick 1000, which is round 3 of the CAMS State Championship, will be held on September 28-29 at Morgan Park.
Admission for children is free. Adult day passes are $10 for Saturday, $15 for Sunday or a weekend pass for $20.