BMX move will cost

Taj Hamilton (left) and Blade Hayson at Byford BMX Club. Pictures: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d425518
Taj Hamilton (left) and Blade Hayson at Byford BMX Club. Pictures: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d425518

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale plans to extend Briggs Park in Byford, where the BMX track is located, to cater for more sporting facilities as the Shire continues to grow.

As a result, the BMX track, which was established in the 1980s, is required to move from its current location to further south in the Briggs Park Recreation Precinct.

Club President Kevin Morrow said the Shire will fund $300,000 of the project, but the club needs to raise an additional $300,000, by March next year, through fundraising and sponsorship, which will go towards the cost of a new BMX track.

The club has applied for a Department of Sports and Recreation grant, but is also chasing monetary sponsorship or support from businesses that could contribute to the construction of the track including, asphalting, machinery, dirt and drainage.

‘It’s a huge thing to rebuild a track,’ Morrow said.

‘The new track has been designed to meet with the most current UCI (Union Cyclist Internationale) guidelines, so it is capable of hosting club, regional, state, national and Olympic level qualifying BMX race events.’

Morrow said BMX was a popular form of recreation in the local community, especially with limited facilities for youth in the area.

‘It is an open track so anyone can use it. We race under lights on Friday evenings all year round and average 100 riders per week during our warmer months,’ he said.

The family friendly club has riders of all ages, from two year olds (mini wheelers) to senior 40 plus riders. It has a history of hosting Olympic Champions and national events.

Morrow said any sponsorship and donations for the new track would be welcomed to ensure the club can continue.

Construction of the track will go ahead in June next year, considering funding can be secured.

To help with sponsorship or donations email fundraising @byfordbmx.org.au or call 0429 504 939. Anyone interested in joining the club can visit www.byfordbmx.org.au

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