Barbagallo report to be released

A safety report on Barbagallo Raceway, where Chris Adley was fatally injured, will be made public after key stakeholders meet with the author of the report. Picture: Facebook/Chris Adley

A REPORT about safety issues at Barbagallo Raceway, where a motorcyclist was run over after falling from his bike last weekend, will be made public, according to the Department of Sport and Recreation.

Motorcyclist Chris Adley was taken to hospital after the accident but he did not survive.

The Department of Sport and Recreation called for the independent report after the death of 28-year-old Daniel Chadbund during a motorcycle event at Barbagallo Raceway on Saturday, April 30 and media reports questioning the safety of the raceway for motorcyclists.

But the report – Wanneroo Safety Enhancement Options Identification and Assessment of Barbagallo Raceway – will not be made public until after a forum on November 23 where key stakeholders, including the City of Wanneroo, will meet with the author of the report.

The report given to the department the day before Mr Adley’s death has led to the cancellation of all motorcycling activities at the racetrack.

A Department of Sport and Recreation spokeswoman said the department commissioned the safety report in June because of concern over the safety of the track, especially given recent fatalities.

The spokeswoman said the department took the action to provide assistance to organisations such as Motorcycling Australia, Confederation of Australian Motorsport, Motorcycling WA, the WA Sporting Car Club and the City of Wanneroo.

“The report has now been received and given to all stakeholders so that, individually and collectively, they can consider their responses and action they may take,’’ she said.

“We have invited the stakeholders to a forum (on November 23) to meet with the author of the report, Chris Hall, an expert in accidents, accident reconstruction and safety.

“This will allow them to ask questions relating to the report and the possible safety options identified within it.

“We will release the report after that forum.

“The executive summary of the report states that there are serious concerns for motorcycle racing.

“It is our position that stakeholders should not conduct any raceway activities involving motorcycling until it is safe to do so.’’

She said the department did not have any regulatory and statutory powers in regards to the matter.

It is also not the sanctioning body for motorcycling activities at the track. “

“This falls to Motorcycling Australia, the parent body of Motorcycling WA.

“WorkSafe has been provided with a copy of this report and the department will work with them.

“Throughout this process we will continue to facilitate consultation between stakeholders.’’

It has been reported after Mr Adley’s death and the injury to another motorcyclist at Barbagollo on the same day that Motorcycling WA had advised that neither accident was related to the scope of the report.

In relation to Mr Adley’s death WA Police said that generally its coronial investigation squad would investigate such deaths and prepare a report for the WA Coroner.

A spokesman said depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident, the squad might  be assisted by the major crash investigation section.

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