Over the past three years the Big Rivers BMX Club has been one of the feel-good stories of grass roots Australian sport.
Located in Katherine, Northern Territory a little over 300km from the capital of Darwin, the club has come from the brink to now be a small hub for BMX action in the top end.
In early 2016 the decision was made to demolish the club’s existing track, which had fallen into disrepair and replace it with something that would attract new competitors to the sport. At the time the NT government injected $27,000 into the facility, and approximately $75,000 of in-kind work was provided by the local business community.
Fast-forward the clock to June this year and the recently reinvigorated club has again been a major beneficiary of government assistance. This time the sum has soared to $113,044 for track lighting.
The funding comes as a part of the NT Government’s ‘Community Benefit Fund’ (CBF) grants, which are funded from taxes on poker machines in the NT.
News of the funding for the club was a welcome relief after they had suffered at the hands of thieves in May. Thankfully the majority of stolen goods were returned, albeit some damaged.
That hiccup aside, Big Rivers BMX Club has had a forceful re-entry into BMX since 2016. Part of their rapid return has been the assistance provided by fellow Territorian clubs – particularly Jingili BMX Club and Satellite City BMX Club.
Jingili had donated riding gear when the Big Rivers got going again, while Satellite City generously sent their old track rolling car south to Big Rivers in early June.
In return Big Rivers riders made their way to Darwin to support Satellite City who hosted round three of the 2018 BMXA National Series last month, much to the delight of their riders and event organisers alike.
What an awesome experience at the BMXA National series 3!Awesome track, fantastic riders and an extremely smooth…
Undoubtedly the community spirit among BMX riders in the NT is strong.