Dale Hope, 12, with Kieran Devine will drive the Lismore Heights Public School bill cart in the Bangalow Billycart Derby in May.
Dale Hope, 12, with Kieran Devine will drive the Lismore Heights Public School bill cart in the Bangalow Billycart Derby in May. Marc Stapelberg

Lismore Heights kids' billycart to have them green with envy

SOME of the biggest smiles at Sunday's Bangalow Billy Cart Derby will be on the faces of the students from Lismore Heights Public School's intellectually mild support unit.

With help from volunteer Sam Reddell, 14 students created what they hoped was a race winning machine to compete in the school's challenge, vying for $1000 in prize money.

Teacher Simon Porter said the idea to enter the billy cart derby was inspired by teachers who had worked at other schools which previously entered teams.

Mr Porter said the billy cart project was embraced and enjoyed by the students.

"It is something they had to plan and construct with their hands, rather than writing something in their books," he said.

"Volunteer Sam Reddell helped with the construction of the cart over a seven-week period, coming every Wednesday afternoon to work with the boys.

"When the kids saw the product at the end of the build, they were just blown away."

Lismore Heights Public School students have proudly built their own go-kart which they will enter into the Bangalow Billycart Derby.
Lismore Heights Public School students have proudly built their own go-kart which they will enter into the Bangalow Billycart Derby.

Constructed from timber and lawnmower parts donated by a student's parent, The Green Machine has been test run by students, and even principal Mark Scotton.

Equipped with motorcycle helmets, drivers Dale Hope, 12, and Kieran Devine, 11, said they were eager to race The Green Machine and the school's other entered billy cart.

"Building the billy cart was great fun; I like building things," Dale said.

"I can't wait to race down the hill at Bangalow on Sunday," Kieran said.

Organised by the Bangalow Lions Club, the popular family event celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

Classes include traditional, home-grown, novelty, professional, tag-team, mothers' race, sports challenge and a celebrity race.

Racing starts at 9am, with school challenge heats from 10.30am.

Wet weather is the only thing that would prevent billy carts racing.


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