Hervey Bay pump track shifts into high gear


Hervey Bay pump track shifts into high gear

Skaters, scooter and BMX riders will soon be able to test their skills on a new pump track being built in Hervey Bay.

Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said works for Hervey Bay’s first pump track are underway on vacant Council-owned land in Pialba between the PCYC and Council’s Library on Old Maryborough Road.

“A pump track is a circuit of rollers, banked turns and jumps designed to be ridden by generating momentum through up and down movements instead of pedalling and pushing,” he said.

“Pump tracks are becoming popular recreational facilities across the country.  Our Maryborough pump track opened last year with great interest, so it will be exciting to see this new facility come to life in Hervey Bay.

“The new track will cater for beginners, intermediate, and experienced users. The section for juniors and beginners provides a simpler, slower rider flow, whereas the more advanced sections have corners, jumps, and other challenging features.”

The works include the construction of a new asphalt BMX pump track, associated earthworks, electrical works, including lighting and CCTV security, and basic landscaping.

The pump track is expected to be completed and open to the public by July.

Member for Hervey Bay Adrian Tantari said the Miles Government had provided a $1.3 million grant to Council through the Works for Queensland program to design and build pump tracks in Hervey Bay and Maryborough.

“The Works for Queensland program has been very successful at helping regional Councils deliver local infrastructure that improves liveability and makes a big difference in our communities,” he said.

“The new pump track is a great investment for Hervey Bay families.  It will encourage more people to be outside, stay healthy, and enjoy our great city. It’s great to work with Fraser Coast Regional Council in delivering this great facility for Hervey Bay.”

Cr Seymour thanked the Queensland Government for providing funding for Hervey Bay’s first pump track and thanked local residents for having their say on the design of the new track.

“Council is committed to supporting an active and healthy community by providing parks, facilities and open spaces that are enjoyable for people of all ages and abilities,” he said.

“The planning process identified this previously under-utilised park as the best site for this facility as it's located between the University of Sunshine Coast, the Council Library, Condy Park Kindergarten, Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC), and the Mary to Bay Rail Trail.

“Part of the park will still be available for events and there is still room for the University of Sunshine Coast to expand.

“We are excited to develop this new facility to bring locals and visiting families together.”

The tender for the Hervey Bay pump track was awarded to local company JAC Civil Pty Ltd, which also assisted in delivering the Maryborough pump track last year. Council also opened a smaller pump track at Tiaro last year.

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