RAIN, family illness and funding shortfalls have taken a toll on Orange’s BMX track at Anzac Park, councillors have heard.
Orange City Council asked Orange BMX to address a meeting in March following concerns the facility was an eyesore and unusable.
Treasurer Natalie Pavy addressed councillors on Tuesday night, saying the track had not gone as well as planned.
“There’s been a few setbacks, three major ones – one being the weather last year, it was just absolutely horrible and hindered a lot,” she said.
“The next is money, we obviously don’t have any to finish it even though we’ve applied for stuff and there’s only two families doing this track and we’ve both had medical issues last year so that put this all on the backburner.”
Ms Pavy said the track was short about $20,000 to finish the gate, lay concrete and take dirt from the last two jumps to clear up the ruts caused by heavy rain.
However, she said the gate had been built and mostly paid for.
“We still are going ahead, it’s just moving really slowly,” she said.
Asked by mayor John Davis whether there was demand from the track, Ms Pavy said she received emails once a fortnight from people asking which days it was open and competitors from Bathurst believed the Orange track was better.
Councillor Ash Brown, who also chairs the bicycling community committee, encouraged Ms Pavy to send a representative to monthly meetings.
“The bike committee does want to support you and it does want this to work,” he said.
“We need someone to support back and I think it will move forward for you.”