Landfill to go from dump trucks to jump tracks


Oamaru’s BMX riders are set to have a home as the likely site for a track has been revealed.
Plans are in place to develop the site of the Oamaru landfill, which will close in April when its resource consent expires.
It is being capped and will be turned into a reserve that will include a BMX track.
Early last year, it was announced the former BMX track on Old Mill Rd would be upgraded. However, in October, work at the site was suspended.
The change of plan related to the Old Mill Rd site having limited parking, access problems and security issues, as the site was not near any residential area.
Since then, the Waitaki District Council has been working with Leighton Selfe, who has led the drive to find BMX riders an area to ply their craft.
Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher said a BMX track at the landfill site was part of a wider project to turn it into a reserve-type area. “There’s been some work done already and that’s expected to be done this year, with jump tracks and pump tracks and that kind of thing.
“There’s a lot of enthusiasm … there’s still some decisions to be made, but there’s been some progress.
“It’s been a landfill for many years and would have to be capped off to a very high standard. For the neighbours in the area who’ve had to put up with a landfill, it’s a bit of a positive for them.”Mr Selfe said he was delighted with the progress.
“It would be perfect. I think it’s a great venue and it’s got a heap of potential as a whole.
“It’s taken a wee bit longer than I would have liked, but it’s a good result at the end of the day. I would like to have it now, but good things come to those who wait. You have to be patient.”
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