Apex pumped about track
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...