COUNCIL has tonight voted in favour of passing a motion to build a $3.78 million motorsport complex on Wokolena Road.
About 150 people from the motorsport industry in favour of the privately-funded development, and local farmers against it filled tonight's policy and strategy meeting that heard from both parties over two-and-a-half hours.
Nine councillors debated for a further hour before a five-four vote passed the motion to accept the recommendation containing 74 conditions.
Gary Salvestro, speaking on behalf of the applicants AN Aviation, defended queries on initial plans to incorporate an independent driving school into the complex - now limited only to driver training for the sport of motor racing.
"It was always our intention, we'll continue on until we get everything in place," he assured.
Riverina Motorsport Complex chairman Daryl Day defended noise concerns by stating Oura had a 43db ambient level at 10am on a Saturday, while 25 super V8s (which is only included in stage three with major races) would have a 37db start-up level.
Fire risk would be dealt with by way of signage and liaising with the rural fire service, but he conceded the condition of Wokolena Road was an issue.
David O'Donnell, a lawyer of 40 years, opened the addresses on behalf of the Wokolena farmers, claiming the development failed to comply with the Local Environment Policy.
Keri Huxley, sharing the floor with Wokolena farmer Lachlan Harris, called it a "selfish development in a RU1 zone (primary production rural zone)."
She highlighted the land adjacent was classed by the state government as biophysical strategic land and had concerns of waste contamination.
Mr Harris told the chamber that fire was a concern given the proposed site was 3.5km from the highway and a one-way access point was unsuitable.
The meeting heard Mr Harris lived only 2.5km from the proposed site and noise was a concern given he could hear Oura residents from the village located a similar distance away.
A final decision will be made at the monthly council meeting in two weeks.