Red tape blocking Black Duck

WRAPPED IN RED TAPE. Former owner of Black Duck Moto Park Greg Diete is helping new owner Steve Langdon sort through a mountain of paperwork to re-open the park.
WRAPPED IN RED TAPE. Former owner of Black Duck Moto Park Greg Diete is helping new owner Steve Langdon sort through a mountain of paperwork to re-open the park.

THE new owner of Black Duck Valley Moto Park Steve Langdon has moved to answer calls as to why the park has remained closed for business.

Mr Langdon purchased the park with a view to re-opening the business after south-east Queensland was identified by now Queensland Premier Campbell Newman, as urgently requiring this type of facility at a Council of Mayors meeting.

Mr Langdon is questioning why there has been a recreational motorbike park, which has commenced operation at Wyaralong with the support of the taskforce, when there is an equal need for such a facility in the Lockyer Valley, with over 4000 recreational riders on the business books ready to use the Black Duck Valley facility.

Mr Langdon is the first to say the park has had some issues, but with those problems now solved, is left to wonder why a facility which brings a reported $2m to the region is buried in paperwork.

"At the end of the day I am forced into even more debt with the purchase of another property to try and get access to my block," Mr Langdon said.

"The only bit of paperwork I get from council is overdue rate notices on a block of land I can't even access."

Mayor Steve Jones said council was not opposed to the park re-opening but wanted to make sure everything was "absolutely correct" before the park resumes operations.

"Obviously the LVRC would like to see this sort of facility in the community, but we have to make sure things are done correctly," Cr Jones said.

Member for Lockyer Ian Rickuss has thrown his support behind this type of facility in the Lockyer Valley region.

"I am disappointed the biggest tourist attraction in the Lockyer Valley continues to have issues for re-opening and operating," Mr Rickuss said.

"This type of facility can be a great asset to the community."

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