human powered vehicles
THREE Orange schools have joined forces in a bid to attract a human powered vehicle (HPV) race to Orange, New South Wales that could inject millions of dollars into the Orange community.
The ambitious bid is being led by Kinross Wolaroi School, James Sheahan and the Canobolas Rural Technology High School.
Kinross Wolaroi School students participate in a similar event in Murray Bridge each year and would model Orange’s event, which they hope to have up and running by 2015, on South Australia’s version of the race.
“We recently addressed Orange City Council proposing an idea to hold a human powered vehicle race and mentioned that NSW was the only state in Australia that didn’t have such an event,” Mr de Bruyn said.
“We tabled some facts and figures that we gathered from South Australia’s race and believe this is a fantastic opportunity with huge economic benefit.”
Mr de Bruyn reported that the South Australian race attracted nearly 30,000 spectators each year, along with 3000 competitors and 225 teams.
“That model is based on a 2007 report that estimates more than $3.8 million is injected into the Murray Bridge economy,” he said.
Other benefits of such a race, according to Mr de Bruyn, include the fact it’s a great community event, encourages students and develops skills in engineering, design and construction, as well as fitness benefits because each car is powered only by leg power.
“we believe this is a really good opportunity for Orange and we hope we get support from the community.”
demonstration: Tuesday 18th October
HPV's will feature as part of the 2016 OYAF olympics Day event at the PCYC
HPV RACING NSW
David de Bruyn
MIC of KWS Pedal Prix Team
Industrial Technology Teacher
Head Tutor of Gordon House
Kinross Wolaroi School
Direct Line: 02 6392 0322
Teacher TAS Industrial Arts
The Canobolas Rural Technology High School
P: +61 2 6362 1677