Apex pumped about track

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News - BY DEAN LAW­SON

Hor­sham’s Apex Ad­ven­ture Is­land on Barnes Boule­vard is set to blos­som as a fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties area with Hor­sham Apex mem­bers con­firm­ing plans to in­stall an ex­pan­sive ‘pump’ track at the site.

Or­gan­is­ers ex­pect the dra­mat­i­cally un­du­lat­ing $65,000, 70-me­tre Hor­sham Apex Pump Track will be in place and ready for Easter.

Pump tracks, de­signed to chal­lenge cy­cle-sport en­thu­si­asts to gen­er­ate mo­men­tum by ‘pump­ing’, are pop­u­lar with BMX, scooter, skate­board and in-line skat­ing en­thu­si­asts.

The Hor­sham project in­volves a mod­u­lar cir­cuit, which has been de­signed and con­structed in Europe be­fore be­ing shipped to Aus­tralia in Jan­uary.

There are seven pump tracks across Vic­to­ria, the clos­est at Port Fairy, but the Hor­sham cir­cuit will be the first of its de­sign-type in Aus­tralia.

Apex club vice-pres­i­dent Ben Conse­dine said the cir­cuit would be in a clear­ing on the south-eastern side of the is­land.

“Wim­mera Catch­ment Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity and Hor­sham Ru­ral City Coun­cil through Mandy Kir­sopp have been fan­tas­tic as project part­ners,” he said.

“While there will be foun­da­tions and land­scap­ing, there will be no in­ter­fer­ence with the na­ture re­serve part of the is­land.

“It will be a per­ma­nent struc­ture but if the need arises, such as in the case of a se­ri­ous flood, it can be moved.”

The ad­ven­ture is­land area has been a mag­net for pic­nick­ing fam­i­lies for many years. Sur­rounded by a moat with pedes­trian ac­cess from a tim­ber bridge, it al­ready has bar­be­cue and play­ground fa­cil­i­ties, mainly on its west­ern side, over­look­ing a boat haven. A giant slide has also been pop­u­lar with chil­dren.

Pedes­tri­ans can now cross the Wim­mera River at the site to South­bank on an An­zac me­mo­rial bridge.

Mr Conse­dine said the Hor­sham Apex Pump Track was the re­sult of a strong de­sire to cre­ate some­thing spe­cial on the is­land. “We wanted to use much of the money we’ve raised to a ded­i­cated Apex project there, and this is it,” he said.

“It’s taken at least five years to save the money needed for such a de­vel­op­ment, while at the same time we’ve also been tip­ping in for other ma­jor com­mu­nity projects such as Wim­mera Can­cer Cen­tre.

“It will cer­tainly open up the eastern side of the is­land to more ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Mr Conse­dine said the club ex­pected the track to ar­rive in March ready for mem­bers to as­sem­ble.

Hor­sham Apex Club 15 has 16 mem­bers and the pump-track project has in­volved a steer­ing com­mit­tee of four.

The club gen­er­ates much of the money it dis­trib­utes to com­mu­nity projects from an an­nual B and S ball and through a long-run­ning news­pa­per re­cy­cling scheme.

EX­CITED: Hor­sham Apex Club 15 mem­bers, from left, Ste­fan Phillips, Dy­lan Ful­ton, Bren­dan Thannhause­r, Wayne Fil­cock and Michael White in­spect the site of a new pump track on Apex Is­land in Hor­sham, and left, an ex­am­ple of the track. Pic­ture: PAUL...

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