Central Coast Council has commenced work on facilities to complement the newly constructed BMX track at San Remo, to create an active sporting hub for the north of the region.
The NSW State Government’s Stronger Communities Fund, made available to amalgamated Councils, has enabled funding for the $640,000 project, which is part of the $9m of infrastructure investment to roll out across the Coast over the next three years. Council Administrator, Mr Ian Reynolds, said he was pleased to see the commencement of this project that will deliver a vibrant recreation space for residents in the north of the Central Coast. “We knew there was a real need for this type of facility in the north, which is why Council invested in the initial construction of the BMX track,” Mr Reynolds said.
“The dollars provided to Council through the Stronger Communities Fund combined with strong feedback from the community to identify this project as a priority for the area, have resulted in it being fast-tracked. “This is a real example of the tangible benefi ts of amalgamation, the community having a direct say in where funds are invested to create a brand new recreation space for our residents to enjoy.” The facilities under construction include an amenities building with changing rooms, toilets, canteen and offi cials room, night racing floodlights and shade shelters. Works have commenced on the lighting design and geotechnical reports have been commissioned.
Tender contracts are being prepared for amenity building design and lighting installation. “Once the facilities have been completed, the San Remo BMX Complex will be able to cater for everyone from the beginner or weekend rider to state level events, including night racing under lights,” Mr Reynolds said. “It will become a focal point for the BMX sporting community supported by a newly registered local BMX Club as well as a tourist attraction with the potential to support the visitor economy of the Central Coast.” Member for Terrigal, Mr Adam Crouch, said he was delighted that the NSW Government was able to help bring a long-awaited community project to life.
“The Central Coast is set to become the extreme sports destination of NSW with Bato Yard Skate Park and the new San Remo BMX Complex,” Mr Crouch said. “The new amenities will allow for more competitions at the track, potentially bringing in more tourism and boosting the local economy. “The State Government’s Stronger Communities Fund has enabled Central Coast Council to invest in projects that will benefi t our growing community for many years to come,” Mr Crouch said. The expected completion date for the works is June 2018, when the facility will be launched with a BMX race event run by the San Remo BMX Club.
Source: Media release, Jul 5 Central Coast Council media