Kart-power prevails

THIS Friday will mark the end of more than two years of frustration for Albion Park couple Mark and Dee-Ann Caunt when their dream business, C1 Speed Indoor Karting, finally opens.

They bought two homes next to the Caltex Service Station two years ago and building work began, but they had problems getting power to the site. With the centre due to open, they had to hire a generator to power the site.

"Our sub-station is still three or four months away, but in the meantime we will make do on the generator for power - the main thing is we will be open," Mr Caunt said.

"We have had so many people who have jumped in and helped us get this place open, including MP Gareth Ward who has been sensational; Shellharbour councillor Kellie Marsh; One Three Homes who have been a constant help - constantly testing things and they are even pouring concrete in the rain," he added, pointing to the back of the building.

"Every tradesman has been tremendous, while our next door neighbours at the Caltex garage have been very, very patient.

"The business will be a massive boost to the local economy, the business will employ 60 staff on a casual basis to keep the centre open seven days a week from 10am to 10pm.

"We will have 28 karts in operation, and while we aren't sure how many people will turn up, there has been a lot of anticipation in the community, so we should be OK."

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