WITH the construction of the Anzac Park BMX track underway, the adage of one man’s trash becoming another man’s treasure has certainly rung true.
Even with a $25,000 state government grant and a $50,000 outlay from Orange City Council, the project has struggled to attract the remaining funds in recent years.
But construction finally started in May after a developer in Leeds Parade levelled their land and offered Orange City Council 2000 cubic metres of fill material from the site.
Director of Community and Cultural Services Scott Maunder said the council had managed to save $8000 on the fill, enabling the project to start.
“We’re looking for other ways to do it without costing a lot of money,” he said.
“Rather than take [the fill] somewhere else and dump it, it worked for them and it worked for us.”
Mr Maunder said the project needed another 3000 cubic metres of fill before it could be finished.
“It’s about 300 truck movements, that’s why it’s expensive,” he said.
Mr Maunder encouraged anyone with appropriate fill material to notify the council, saying the council had also been able to use it to remove the dip at the intersection of Hill and Margaret streets.
“They can’t just dump it, but if they have fill they want to dispose of, we are looking at how we can do it the cheapest way possible,” he said.
Fill for the BMX track cannot contain sharp objects or asbestos, but Mr Maunder said the council would accept dirt and concrete fill, subject to testing.
“We can use concrete as the base and put soil on top,” he said.
Mr Maunder said the work would bring the track to competition standard, including a starting ramp, jumps and three major corners.
The project is being constructed in stages, with completion expected by the end of the year.
Those with fill to contribute should contact the council on 6393 8000.