Pumped for ac­tion


Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Belinda Cipriano

COCK­BURN res­i­dents of all ages are able to en­joy a new bike pump track in Yange­bup thanks to the Yange­bup Progress As­so­ci­a­tion and res­i­dents.

The new $65,000 track at Per­ena Roc­chi Re­serve on the cor­ner of Osprey and Moorhen drives in­cludes sec­tions for be­gin­ner and ad­vanced rid­ers.

Res­i­dent and as­so­ci­a­tion sup­porter Corey Gaidzio­nis said he had heard good re­ports from po­lice of­fi­cers in Kar­ratha about the suc­cess of a pump track in the town as part of his work with Project Re­Cy­cle.

“I floated the idea with the coun­cil around 18 months ago but it was put on the back­burner due to a lack of funds,” Mr Gaidzio­nis said.

“I ap­proached Cock­burn MLA Fran Lo­gan about the project and ap­plied for a com­mu­nity fund­ing grant through the Lo­cal Projects Lo­cal Jobs pro­gram.

“Once this was ap­proved, I ap­proached Cock­burn coun­cil­lor Phil Eva and con­nected with the coun­cil to de­cide on a lo­ca­tion and track de­sign.”

A sim­i­lar $60,000 project near the Ottey Neigh­bour­hood and Fam­ily Cen­tre with the sup­port of Con­nect­ing South Lake is still be­ing built and is ex­pected to be com­pleted by the end of July.

Both projects were made pos­si­ble with fund­ing from the State Gov­ern­ment pro­gram.

Pump tracks are com­monly made of clay, with a cir­cuit of banked turns and fea­tures de­signed to be rid­den by rid­ers ‘pump­ing’ or cre­at­ing mo­men­tum with up and down body move­ments.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d483874

City of Cock­burn youth de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Steve Ather­ton and Yange­bup Progress As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Corey Gaidzio­nis with broth­ers Jar­rah and Raene Shalders.

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