The world of Speedway at Western Springs Stadium has long been a political football when it comes to the future of our sport which celebrates 90 years this season. With the upcoming election, Speedway Promoter Bill Buckley wanted to make an official statement in relation to the election.
“It has been a hell of a fight for the last 18 years, first to stay, then be told we are going to Mt Smart, then told we can stay, then told we can’t and have to go to Colin Dale Park as Western Springs would never be a viable option for the “Stadium Strategy” to the present situation that, yes we can now stay but with major restrictions – placing the sport in an extremely vulnerable position. I have personally invested hundreds of thousands of dollars with legal teams, consultants, and what I have observed is the future of our sport does really come down to the councillors and the mayor who will vote on our sports hallowed grounds in relation to stadium strategy. While I have never been one to tell our dedicated fans and supporters who they should vote for, I wanted to inform them that the following ward candidates have responded to our question directed to them in relation to the future of Western Springs Stadium and Speedway, categorically said, that they would vote in favour of speedway remaining at Western Springs long term and work with us to ensure we can deliver a better commercial outcome for City of Auckland and the sport as a whole. While every candidate was asked the same question, not all offered a response. The candidates below were selected based on their policy position around speedway, previous speedway related voting record, and likelihood of winning their ward seat or mayoralty“
Mayoral Candidate CRAIG LORD
Albany JOHN WATSON
North Shore GRANT GILLON
Waitākere PETER CHAN
Waitematā and Gulf MIKE LEE
Whau TRACY MULHOLLAND
Albert-Eden-Puketāpapa CHRISTINE FLETCHER
Ōrākei DESLEY SIMPSON
Maungakiekie-Tāmaki JOSH BEDDELL
Howick SHARON STEWART
Manukau FAANANA EFESO COLLINS
Manurewa-Papakura ANGELA DALTON
Voting Closes 12th October 2019.