Building an all-weather BMX track

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Council and the Warrnambool BMX Club are working together to put an all-weather surface on the Jetty Flat BMX track. 

Council has contributed $150,000 through its Small Infrastructure Fund towards the sealing of the BMX track.

“This will be a great outcome for the club and Warrnambool,” Mayor Cr Richard Ziegeler said.

“Once this work is done, club volunteers spend less time repairing the track and more time on bikes or organising events.

“It aligns with Council’s commitment to growing a healthy community and one way in which we can achieve this is by providing better opportunities for more people to get involved in sport.”

BMX club president Darren Mollenoyux said the track would be sealed with a hard-wearing polymer while several sections would be concrete.

This treatment was recommended by AusCycling, the national peak governing body for the sport, with the polymer seal allowing for future track modifications to be more easily made.

“The sport is moving towards having tracks with high-grip, smooth finish, sealed tracks that aren’t damaged in wet weather,” Mr Mollenoyux said.

The club has more than 60 regular riders aged from two years to more than 50 years and the sport has increased in popularity since becoming an Olympic sport in 2008.

Work will start this week with the track closed for up to six weeks while work is under way.

The Jetty Flat track was built in 2012 and in 2014 had bitumen added to the berms

The upgrade to the track surface will help prevent damage caused by public use in wet conditions and provide a safer riding surface.