From landfill to BMX track

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A funding proposal to construct a “world class” BMX track in Oamaru has been released to potential backers.
The proposal, prepared by local economic development group Venture Waitaki, which is independent from the Waitaki District Council, includes project plans, a proposed track layout, costs involved and details of the track’s location.
According to the proposal, Venture Waitaki’s goal was to create a “venue that will be able to hold national events” as well as localised events, and provide members of the public with an area to ride.
“The new facility which will be based on Bushy Beach Rd will be world class,” the proposal said.
The track, to be named the Oamaru BMX Park, will be at the site of the Oamaru Landfill, which is scheduled to close this month after several months of capping work.
The Waitaki District Council plans to turn the site into a reserve-type area, which would include the BMX park.
The proposal said the cost for the whole project was $72,000.
Broken down, the site and track build will cost $27,000, New Zealand-approved starting gates $20,000, hot mix on corner sections an estimated $10,000 and a car park area, with access from Selwyn St, $15,000.
Venture Waitaki has requested funding from businesses and individuals.
A gold sponsorship packages comes at a cost of $2500, silver $1000 and bronze $500. Smaller donors will be made patrons.
An option for naming rights is also in place for the facility, or sections of the track, and can be negotiated with Venture Waitaki.
The proposal also includes a section on how the track will be maintained.
“With over 15 local parents already lining up to form a club once the track is complete, this brings volunteers of course to handle the maintenance, and with the help of the Waitaki District Council.”
It also described potential benefits for Oamaru, particularly if a national-level event was held in the town.
“This brings people to our beautiful region with their children. The spin-off from that for local businesses will be huge.”
The 2014 national championships attracted 816 riders, the report said.
“With them comes supporters … with all of that comes benefits for the wider community.”
Project manager Leighton Selfe said the project was “well achievable”.
“We’ve had plenty of uptake on it so far from Venture Waitaki members so it’s been good. Everything’s going well so far.
“Once we’ve got the initial $27,000 to $30,000, we can get under way and get things rolling. It’s going to happen.”
Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher said it was possible the council would contribute to the project financially.
“We’ve got to get a paper through to council about what exactly we might be able to do. From our point of view, part of the post-closure work to be done with the landfill can be done with the BMX track, like a gravel car park for example.
“We will certainly look a the possibility of some cash funding towards other work we would like to get done … we’re going to end up with a great facility,” Mr Kircher said.