New BMX Track Ready for Racing
12 July 2014
Joint release with:
Northern Territory Minister for Infrastructure
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.