WITH work still incomplete, funding lacking and grass growing at the BMX facility at Anzac Park, one councillor has thrown his support behind the project.
Councillor Sam Romano has asked for an update on the BMX circuit and plans to make the facility available for competition and public use.
“I will be putting to [Orange City] Council that we cover the cost to get the complex functional, grassed and turfed as an option for the public,” he said.
“That’s what my goal will be.”
Cr Romano said access to the track from Winter Street was steep and a more formal access point from Anzac Park was needed where users could easily unload their bikes from their vehicles.
He said money had been spent on skate parks in other areas and children near Anzac Park deserved a working facility.
“It’s not fair,” he said.
Orange City Council staff have written to Orange BMX, asking for an update on planned works and activities, to come back to councillors once a reply is received.
Club treasurer Natalie Pavy addressed the previous council in May, saying multiple factors had contributed to the delay, including heavy rain last year, family illness and a $20,000 shortfall to finish the gate, lay concrete and clear ruts in the last two jumps.
Work started in May 2014 on the international-stand design, with the council outlaying $29,435 and the NSW Office of Sport and Recreation $25,000.
Earthmoving companies have also donated dirt and machinery towards the project.
Heidi Gardiner regularly brings her three children Bailey, 8, April, 7, and Layla, 3, to Anzac Park during school holidays.
The two eldest enjoy the BMX track, while the youngest keeps to the concrete skate park section on the March Street side.
“They ride on that a fair bit and I join them sometimes if I’m game,” she said.
“It wasn’t too rough today – [having it finished] would be great and it would probably mean that the little ones could ride on more spots than just the concrete bits if they had more of it secured.
“We would probably come here more often, but it’s quite good at the moment.”
Ms Pavy could not be reached for comment.