Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

New BMX Track Ready for Racing

Media Release

WT108/2014

12 July 2014

Joint release with:

Peter Styles

Northern Territory Minister for Infrastructure

Natasha Griggs

Member for Solomon

Members of the Jingili BMX Club are ready to race on their new $1.89 million all-weather international standard track.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the new track is the first permanently covered international standard BMX track in Australia.

“The Australian Government provided $1.5 million towards the new infrastructure at Marrara, helping to build a valuable and longterm community asset,” Mr Truss said.

Member for Solomon Natasha Griggs represented Mr Truss at the opening and said construction works included a cyclone rated roofing structure over the new purpose built track.

“An Olympic standard Progate starting gate and television standard lighting were also installed,” Ms Griggs said.

“BMX racing is a sport growing in popularity, with its inclusion in the Olympics raising its profile world-wide.

“I am pleased to see this facility up and running after I committed to this project during the 2010 election campaign.

“The track will benefit some 300 licensed BMX riders in the Darwin area, as well as around 600 riders across the Northern Territory who range in age from three to 60 years of age.”

Northern Territory Minister for Infrastructure Peter Styles said that a covered track of this standard gave Northern Territory riders a facility to train for national and international competitions during the wet season when the Territory's tracks are normally unusable.

“The Northern Territory Government provided $300,000 towards this project which will allow for an extension of the Darwin racing calendar beyond the normal short dry season,” Mr Styles said.

“A facility of this standard will be eligible to host rounds of national Champbikz and Probikz series and potentially the Australian BMX Championships.

“It will also be possible for national and international competitive riders to use the track to help them acclimatise before travelling overseas to compete.”

The Ahrens Arena Opening two day event starts today and is the first trophy meeting to be held on the new track.