2018 Camden Haven Cup cancelled due to poor track condition

Jason Koenig, Rob Dwyer, Leslie Williams MP, Joanne Hardy, Ingo Model, Dr David Gillespie MP, John Saunders and Anne Burton at the 2017 event.
Jason Koenig, Rob Dwyer, Leslie Williams MP, Joanne Hardy, Ingo Model, Dr David Gillespie MP, John Saunders and Anne Burton at the 2017 event.

The Camden Haven Cup has been cancelled due to ongoing issues at the Port Macquarie Race Track. 

The highly anticipated annual event was scheduled to be on August 25, but Port Macquarie Race Club (PMRC) chief executive Michael Bowman said the condition of the track is not up to standard. 

“It was hoped the track would repair itself following the poor performance of the racing surface at our June and July meetings,” he said. 

“Unfortunately, with the winter temperatures it has not recovered sufficiently to allow the meeting to go ahead.”

Mr Bowman apologised on behalf of the PMRC for any inconvenience the cancellation caused the community and organisers. 

The Camden Haven Chamber of Commence hosts the cup as a fundraiser for the Camden Haven Schools to Schools Shared Pathway. 

In 2017 the event raised over $6000 for the cause, which went directly to the pathway.

Camden Haven Schools to Schools secretary Jason Koenig said while he is disappointed the group’s major fundraiser has been cancelled, he understands why the event can not proceed. 

He thanked the chamber for its ongoing support. 

Mr Koenig said the group would plan future fundraising events and would continue to push for the next section of pathway upgrade. 

At its completion, the entire pathway project will be 14 kilometres long and connect Kendall Public School to Laurieton Public School.

Since its establishment, the Schools to Schools committee has helped to establish 3.7 kilometres of pathway through three developments. 

The next section the group wants to push for is the section between Henry Kendall Reserve and the industrial estate on Ocean Drive. 

“This is a heavy traffic thoroughfare with students from St Josephs Primary School and Laurieton Public School both utilising this section,” he said. 

In 2017 the crew were joined by MPs Leslie Williams and David Gillespie, acting mayor Lisa Intemann and Diane Pope from the Kendall Community Op Shop to mark the construction of the latest section of the pathway at Lakewood.

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