Rid­ers back on track

Isis Dirt Bike Club mem­bers res­ur­rect for­mer mo­tocross track

Isis Town and Country - - News - By LEAH KIDD

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.

PHOTO: BEN TURN­BULL

NEW LEASE: Isis Dirt Bike Club hopes to give mo­tocross a new lease on life in Childers.

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