BMX track one step from com­ple­tion

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REXINE HAWES

The fin­ish­ing touches to the Mata­mata BMX track could be fin­ished by Christ­mas, all it needs is a project man­ager to see the ini­tia­tive to com­ple­tion.

SportWaikato re­cently held a pub­lic meet­ing to dis­cuss what’s next for the track.

SportWaikato area co­or­di­na­tor Lou Beer says those at the meet­ing agreed the track needed a project man­ager to see its com­ple­tion to the end.

It was the sec­ond pub­lic meet­ing about the track, fol­low­ing one in 2014, to gage sup­port from the com­mu­nity.

Since that meet­ing, Beer says Ziggy Burch, Den­ham Russell, Ross Tay­lor and Nik Schuler have worked tire­lessly to cre­ate the track, but the men can no longer put in the hours.

‘‘They turned up week af­ter week for hours and hours to get it to where it is.‘‘

Beer says she is also grate­ful to Bruce Maxwell, who at­tends to the track weekly and keeps the area tidy.

She says Ross and Den­ham at­tended both meet­ings, and there were also a few younger boys who use it reg­u­larly, will­ing to pitch in where needed.

‘‘That has al­ways been a high­light of work­ing with this group, we have had youth work­ing for youth, which is fan­tas­tic.

‘‘But of course they can’t lead it. They can be led and are will­ing to be led.’’

The track was de­signed by Tau­ranga based BMX track de­signer Will Peck. It still needs con­crete or as­phalt on the start ramp, which has deep ruts from wa­ter dam­age, the in­stal­la­tion of starter gates, lime and hard­ener and mi­nor work on some of the straights and jumps.

Beer says there are plenty of peo­ple will­ing to be in­volved and the fund­ing from coun­cil to help it reach com­ple­tion but no one to call the shots.

‘‘We know we have the peo­ple will­ing to turn up to the work­ing bees and see the track fin­ished, but we don’t have a leader.’’

She says the project man­ager would be re­spon­si­ble for get­ting quotes, work­ing with coun­cil and ar­rang­ing work­ing bees. If some­one came for­ward, the track could be fin­ished by Christ­mas.

‘‘It’s a short term project. Let’s do this as a Christ­mas project for Mata­mata and have it safe to use over the hol­i­days. I want to see it fin­ished.’’

Beer says they would also like the project man­ager to look into the pos­si­bil­ity of a toi­let and a tap con­nected to the wa­ter sup­ply.

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