ANZAC Park’s BMX track has been given a lifeline less than a month since several councillors raised doubts about its future.
The treasurer of the group behind a push to bring the track up to competition standard, Central West Off Road Bicycle Club’s Natalie Pavy, was ecstatic the council decided to honour its agreement to keep $41,435 aside for the dirt track.
Ms Pavy and another club member Steve Martin both spoke at last Tuesday’s council meeting, asking councillors to preserve the funding to give the group a chance to improve the track and help grow the Olympic level sport in Orange.
Now the funds are secure Ms Pavy is hopeful work will be under way by Christmas.
“The next step for us is to put the quote in for the dirt to be moved,” she said.
Ms Pavy said about 10 people had approached the club wanting to join, but she planned to visit schools to drum up more BMX riders and have a summer open day at the track.
The club needs just over $90,000 to make the track upgrades a reality, but Ms Pavy said Kennards Hire had offered to donate equipment to fix the jumps for free, allowing the group to save up to $30,000.
The group is planning a fundraiser for the rest of the money in late October early November.
She believes the track will complement the skatepark the council has planned for Anzac Park.
“Some kids like the skatepark and some like the BMX track and then there’s some that like both,” she said.
“They’ll make a day of it.”
Several councillors questioned the track’s safety in its current form and whether it should be closed to the public before it is upgraded.
Cr Ash Brown spoke in support of the track.
“We should be investing more in youth,” he said.
“I believe this will complement the skatepark and we should push on with it.”