Mayor at open­ing of up­graded BMX track

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCLEAY

The long awaited Mata­mata BMX track grand open­ing is set to be held at Bur­wood Rd this Sun­day from 1pm.

The track, which has been up­graded to bet­ter suit the needs of the youth in Mata­mata is fi­nally fin­ished and is ready to be used by the com­mu­nity. Mata­mata-Pi­ako district mayor Hugh Ver­coe will be do­ing the of­fi­cial open­ing fol­lowed by a per­for­mance from in­ter­na­tional BMX rid­ers from Cam­bridge.

Mata­mata-Pi­ako District coun­cil­lor and BMX Club pres­i­dent Bob Mc­Grail said he wel­comed ev­ery­one to come along for the af­ter­noon as there would be a lot of great en­ter­tain­ment.

‘‘Bring your bikes along as well and we will be let­ting the dif­fer­ent age groups do cir­cuits – and there are heaps of great prizes for ev­ery­one,’’ he said.

‘‘This is a track that has been built by the com­mu­nity, for the com­mu­nity so ev­ery­one can come and use it.’’

Mr Mc­Grail said this new track was sig­nif­i­cant for the youth of Mata­mata.

‘‘I hon­estly be­lieve we have to think about how we en­ter­tain our youth, and we want to see and en­cour­age the skills of our young peo­ple,’’ he said.

‘‘There isn’t much else for youths to do apart from the skate park in town and I think it is great for the youth to have some­thing else that is their own.’’

Prizes and give­aways up for grabs in­clude a new BMX bike that any­one can win by reg­is­ter­ing in the draw on the day.

The open­ing is set to go un­til about 4pm and there will be food and drinks avail­able to buy.

Big­ger and bet­ter: The up­graded BMX track which of­fi­cially opens this Sun­day, has proved a high­light for many over the school hol­i­days.

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