DEMOLISHING the unfinished BMX track in Anzac Park is starting to become a real possibility, with councillors asking for another report on what could be done to fix the deteriorating landscape.
The matter was last raised in March 2017 and representatives of the Orange BMX Club addressed Orange City Council the following May, saying the committee was $20,000 short of being able to complete the track.
The club told the council the project was still moving along, albeit slowly with a July completion date, but at Tuesday night’s meeting, councillor Russell Turner said no work had been evident.
“They had planned to put in starting gates and once they put the starting gates in, they would get more use out of the track,” he said.
“As far as I can see, the gates haven’t gone in, no one uses the facility and it’s absolutely an ugly facility at the moment.”
As far as I can see, the gates haven’t gone in, no one uses the facility and it’s absolutely an ugly facility at the moment.Councillor Russell Turner
Cr Turner said cracks had formed in the riding surface to the point where it was unsafe and rogue plant life had started to take hold.
“You’ve got a large expanse of gravel and weeds,” he said.
“We’ve got Dudley hospital spending a couple of million dollars on their facility to look out on this facility that’s a blight on the landscape.”
Cr Turner asked for a report on short and long-term solutions to either upgrade the site or bulldoze it.
“One of the two – a grassed area will be used by people,” he said.
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After the meeting, Cr Turner said he was unaware of any contact with the club since the May 2017 meeting.
He said his grandchildren used the skate park section or the netball courts and the dog off-leash area was also well-used.
“I think we need to call for expressions of interest on what can be done, whether we spend more money, seek a new committee to revitalise it or do we use it for some other sporting function?” he said.
Construction began on the project in May 2014, with the council outlaying $29,435 and the NSW Office of Sport and Recreation $25,000.
About 10,000 cubic metres of soil has been used to form the track, taken from council and private projects, with Pybar donating the equipment required.
Orange BMX Club was contacted for comment.
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