Riders back on track
Isis Dirt Bike Club members resurrect former motocross track
THE Isis Dirt Bike Club is digging up a piece of history and re-creating the once-loved motocross track on Aerodrome Rd in Childers.
Club secretary Alex Smith said that about 20 years ago, a group of Childers men got together and created an area for riders with dirt tracks and jumps.
As the men got older, had children and other priorities, the area was no longer used and Mr Smith said all that now existed was some worn-down jumps and a slab of concrete where the riders once enjoyed a barbecue.
But with an ever-growing number of Childers dirt bike enthusiasts coming together as friends and going from property to property looking for a place to ride where they wouldn’t upset neighbours, Mr Smith said they decided to look for a place of their own.
Knowing of the Aerodrome Rd location previously used for motocross, Mr Smith said they decided to approach the Bundaberg Regional Council for a lease of its land.
Unable to secure a lease until they were an incorporated group, Mr Smith said that about four months ago they officiated themselves and became the Isis Dirt Bike Club Inc, now with 30 members. The work paid off this week, as the councillors agreed to lease the group the land at its Ordinary Meeting of Council in Bundaberg.
Mr Smith said the riders were thrilled but knew they had a lot of work ahead of them. “So what we plan to do now is revamp the motocross track and make it a community area,” he said.
With no government grants or funding behind them, Mr Smith said the group would continue to fundraise in the community and apply for grants.
And with noise concerns already raised from the owner of the neighbouring property, the council has put a condition on the riders of a 30m buffer zone from the road reserve and a fence that must be installed along the buffer zone.
Mr Smith said they would negotiate with the councillors over who would pay for the fence but anticipated the cost would fall back on themselves.
NEW LEASE: Isis Dirt Bike Club hopes to give motocross a new lease on life in Childers.