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A new pump track has won the praise of locals

The city if Bundaberg in Queensland have celebrated the opening of a new pump track over the weekend, the momentous event coming just over a month after the Bundaberg BMX Club was devastated by the news that $21,500 had been stolen from them.

The pump track came as part of a $320,000 upgrade to the Avoca recreation area on Branyan Street, and features 200 metres of two-metre-wide asphalt with a series of berms and low rollers, or round mounds and banked turns.

The development of the track received a warm welcome from riders, as well as Bundaberg BMX Club life member and coach Mark Rohdmann.

“It’s an amazing facility, really good for coaching, it’s maintenance free, the kids love it,” Rohdman told Bundaberg’s News Mail.

Rohdmann continued that in the past riders would travel to Brisbane or Gladstone to use similar facilities, and outlined that it was a major step for Bundaberg.

“It’s certainly on par with some of the others,” he said.

While BMX will be a major beneficiary of the new facility, it is also being hailed as a big step forward for families in the region according to Councillor Bill Trevor.

“The pump track is now located in a large neighbourhood park which will cater to many nearby residents,” Trevor said.

“The upgrade will be complemented by the planting of more shade trees around the track and the park.

“There are existing picnic facilities and playground equipment in the area with future plans for enhancement including a new car park and the installation of CCTV camera surveillance.”

The new pump track further strengthens BMX in the region, with the club still operation following their financial loss. Members have banded together for working bees, while a GoFundMe page has contributed to the club remaining operational during a difficult period.

On December 9, Bundaberg BMX club will host their final race day for 2017. Members are encouraged to attend and support the club as they look towards a rejuvenated 2018.

(PIC: Carolyn Booth/NewsMail Bundaberg)