COUNCILLORS have asked the Orange BMX Club for answers on the status of the BMX track under construction at Anzac Park, arguing it was not being used.
Councillor Russell Turner said he supported the upgrade in 2014, but had only spotted “one or two a week” using the facility during school holidays and when school resumed, it plummeted.
“It’s a heap of gravel,” he said.
He said his son would not let his children use the facility.
“They would lose their skin if they fell off, it’s so coarse,” he said.
Fellow councillor Neil Jones maintained the funds should have been used for skate parks in Glenroi.
“We’ve totally neglected that part of Orange,” he said.
Councillor Chris Gryllis and mayor John Davis interjected a number times during the discussion, saying “use it or lose it”.
Councillors asked to invite the club to address the next meeting.
Orange City Council has outlayed $29,435 and the NSW Office of Sport and Recreation $25,000.
Fill was brought in from upgrades to Huntley Road and the East Orange Channel upgrade and construction projects undertaken by private contractors.
When councillors raised similar concerns in March 2015, general manager Garry Styles encouraged them to give the club another month to complete the project.
Orange BMX Club spokeswoman Natalie Pavy said council staff were aware of progress on the track and would be able to brief councillors.
She said several items, including the gates, were on order and the track would be complete by July, weather permitting.
“Nobody’s using it because it’s unfinished,” she said.
“What we’ve used is correct but all the rain last winter has destroyed it and we’ve got to get in there and fix it all up.”