01/11/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/10/2019 21:54
Construction work on Clermont's new BMX track is set to begin next week (w/c 14 January), supported by $200,000 from the Palaszczuk Government's Works for Queensland (W4Q) program.
Track design is well underway, with the $445,000 project expected to be completed in March.
During a visit to the site, Acting Premier and Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the 400-metre track will boost health and economic outcomes for the town.
'Giving this project the green light ensures all the positive benefits of BMX riding will reach Clermont - both on and off the track,' Mr Dick said.
'This is a fantastic result for Clermont's BMX riders, budding and established, and I am sure we will see more locals taking up the sport and making new friends as a result of this great community project.'
The track is being constructed by BMX Tracks Australia, a leader in developing competition tracks with experience delivering projects across Queensland. It will be capable of hosting state-level events.
'State level BMX events will translate into more visitors coming to the region and spending money with local businesses,' Mr Dick said.
'Extra facilities such as site buildings and grandstands are also planned for the future.
'With BMX racing now entrenched as an Olympic event, the popularity of this sport continues to rise, so who knows what future champions may get their start here in Clermont.'
Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker acknowledged the important partnership between the state government and council.
'The new BMX track will be a welcome addition to the Clermont sporting precinct, which has previously benefited from Works for Queensland funding to renew our hardcourt facilities,' Ms Baker said.
'It provides yet another venue for the youth of our wonderful region to enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle.
'They will be able to energise their riding skills on a competition standard track, and perhaps we will see some champions of the future emerge.'
Mr Dick said Works for Queensland ( http://www.dlgrma.qld.gov.au/local-government/grants/works-for-queensland ) is a shining example of state and local government working together for towns and cities right across the state.
'Thousands of Queensland families, particularly in areas doing it tough through drought or other climate impacts, are reaping the benefits of an economic boost and improved local infrastructure through Works for Queensland,' Mr Dick said.
'Infrastructure like this BMX track also helps us create liveable and healthy communities - a key focus of our government.'
Isaac Regional Council has received $3.37 million through the first two rounds of W4Q (2016-17 and 2017-19), funding 13 projects and creating 72 jobs (as of 30 Nov 2018).
Learn more about the 2017-19 Works for Queensland program ( http://www.dlgrma.qld.gov.au/local-government/grants/current-programs/works-for-queensland-program-2017-19.html ).
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