A little History of the Hastings Blue Light Motor cycle Club inc. Young motorbike riders on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula now have a safe, supervised area to ride - right in the shadows of BHP Steel’s Western Port steelworks. The formation of the Hastings Blue Light Motorcycle Club owes much to the drive and determination of BHP Steel employee and local resident, Ray Hare. Ray first began pushing for a safe, supervised track for local riders about 1995, this was brought about the amount of kids that were riding bikes illegally because there was no where for them to go. In 1996 Ray Hare, the previous and first President of HBLMCC commenced lobbing the Mornington Peninsula Shire to establish a motorcycle club on the peninsula. He saw a need to establish an area suitable for supervised motorcycle riding and training for local youths. Over the next couple of years he sought support from, the Shire, local Police, local businesses and state Government to assist in the development of the project. Ray Hare together with two other BHP Steel employees Dave Callaway and Brian Sage, and other interested locals, Ray approached the local Mornington Peninsula Council and began investigating sites in and around Hastings. Several sites in the Hastings area were canvassed and rejected, mainly due to resident's noise concerns. However, the idea didn’t really get off the ground until BHP Steel and the Victorian Blue Light State Council came to the party about 2000. Blue Light agreed to lend its support to the idea, while at the same time BHP Steel agreed to provide about seven hectares of land at its Western Port steelworks site. At this early point in time the membership was opened to a very lucky 35 families for a 3 month trial period after success during this period, the Shire council requested acoustic testing to be continued as part of a 12 month trial period after extensive continuing community consultation involving BHP Steel, police and local residents, Mornington Peninsula Council finally gave the go ahead for the club to establish itself permanently on the site in December 2001.
Blue Light is a police initiative that organises and supports various youth projects in the community. The first bikes roared around the newly completed dirt track in April 2002 and the club has gone from strength to strength. The Club now has its own on-track facilities, bikes and safety gear, and runs training programs for both junior and senior riders, as well as hosting family days including our famous Christmas parties, even Santa turns up. The Club committee is very mindful of its responsibilities to the surrounding residents, and monitors all track activities to ensure noise and other environmental impacts are kept to a minimum. The local Hastings police are also right behind the Club, with a number of officers becoming members and regularly attending to supervise and coach young riders. The club is delighted with the success of the Club over the years – particularly from the point of view of attracting young people into a safe riding environment rather than risking injury to themselves and others by riding illegally on public land. Since the clubs inception “The number of complaints and incidents of reported illegal trail bike riding in the area has fallen dramatically” one of the important aims of the club is to teach young people how to ride safely and responsibly.” We won’t let anyone ride who isn’t a Club member, and to be a member you must know and follow the rules.” We currently have 350 financial members as of April 2011 mostly made up of families, many parents join up for the children then reignite the passions of youth and end up riding around with their children. The Hastings Bluelight Track would not survive without dedicated support of an enthusiastic band of members, who give up their time and in some cases use of their heavy machinery to keep the track open and in top condition, we have to also take this opportunity to thank them. “We have a committee of volunteers who supervise the track and riders at all times, and we have tremendous support from local businesses.”