Georges River Council proposes new BMX track

Bright future: Macarthur BMX Club will be able to host national and international championships when Kirkham Park is upgraded. Picture: Simon Bennett
Bright future: Macarthur BMX Club will be able to host national and international championships when Kirkham Park is upgraded. Picture: Simon Bennett

Georges River Council has proposed a plan for a possible BMX/Mountain Bike track within the Georges River region.

The feasibility study to examine the suitability of the track was unanimously supported at this month's council meeting to provide a safe and suitable space for bike riders in the community.

The council's Open Space, Recreation and Community Facilities Strategy identifies mountain biking as an emerging sport with rising popularity.

Georges River councillor Sandy Grekas raised the idea at a recent council meeting.

She said she had noticed increasing demand within the community for a dedicated track.

"Building a dedicated BMX track will give kids a place to go and will protect bushland like Oatley Park from damage, from illegal tracks," Cr Grekas said.

"This is a rare win-win, where both sides of the issue can agree that a dedicated facility is desperately needed."

Illegal bike jumps often cause disturbance to native vegetation, impact on fauna habitat, create weed intrusion and cause soil erosion and stormwater pollution running into creeks during wet weather.

Georges River mayor Kevin Greene said the council currently receives a high number of requests for dedicated BMX or mountain bike facilities from residents, and the emergence of mountain biking as a sport has meant there is a strong recreational and community need.

"BMX racing is now an Olympic sport, with Aussies representing us all the way in Tokyo including Logan Martin who won gold over the weekend in the men's BMX freestyle competition," he said.

"It is a great opportunity for Georges River to provide a track for our bike riders to practice and hone their skills of future Olympians for years to come."