New South Wales
I am Gavin Skene from The Art of Speedway. I am the 2019 Speedway Australia Photographer of the Year and have also been a previous employee of Valvoline Raceway, Toowoomba Speedway and Murray Bridge Speedway in every roll, from track prep, general maintenance, grounds keeping, Advertising, Art direction, photography, videography and sales and marketing. Since 2016 I have been running my own small business in Motorsport Photography and Design across Australia from Speedway to TARGA Rally, human obstacle course racing and also studio photography. I have worked in motorsports my whole life from the magazines to now with the manufacturing of parts for racecars (had to adapt due to COVID). I am just wanting to make a suggestion as the SGP (Speedway Grand Prix) and other venues (WSID when I was there) have been at photographing have had the best results for us photographers with having a Media Room. Valvoline Raceway and other tracks to not have this however it is great for those making the sport look as amazing as it is to work without the worry of leaving their gear on the infield. During rain nights if I am in the pits and my gear is on the infield it is dangerous to cross the track while very wet to get your equipment then to try and get back out from the infield is also a challenge,plus it can be costly to the fear of losing thousands of dollars of equipment and computers. Also the scare of it being stolen. When the SGP was at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne they supplied the photographers with a secured media room, power and internet access to relay the work on the night of the event and fridges with water and food. It was something that I tried to implement in the Made Too Go venues but it was not looked at as it would have been a cost to setup. I would like to just give a suggestion that with this venue becoming a world class stadium arena for the greatest show on dirt and also with the return of the bikes to Sydney that it could be a great opportunity to work with those who are there to promote it and have thousands of dollars worth of equipment to be able to work worry free on the nights of the events. I hope this is taken into consideration with what I believe is going to be the best thing for this sport to make it go forward and also generate tourism back into Sydney with having somewhere to host the SGP (which had 25,000 people attending from all over the world in 2017). If there is any further we could discuss please do not hesitate to contact me on 0414 327865. Thank you.
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