Resident proposes revamp of BMX track

GOOD FUN: The proposed site for the revamped BMX track at the rear of the Steel United Soccer Club.
GOOD FUN: The proposed site for the revamped BMX track at the rear of the Steel United Soccer Club.

Council chief executive officer Chris Cowley applauded a suggestion from the community to redevelop a BMX track in Whyalla

Resident Claire posted a suggestion on the City of Whyalla Facebook site to clean up and develop the old track near Billing Street and at the rear of the Steel United Soccer Club. The idea, complete with a picture of the site, had plenty of positive feedback and added suggestions.

“Who else would like to see this old BMX track cleaned up and open to be used like a skate park, even eventually adding a dirt pump track and more BMX track?” Claire posted. “I am sure there will be even more ideas that can be introduced. Please help support more outside adventure fun for Whyalla.”

Kym was one of many posting support when she said, “this would be fantastic, I know my boys would use it”, while Careena added, “yes, an absolute excellent idea, I also think make it into a family park area with barbecue, seating, playground and picnic area”.

Mr Cowley said the suggestion and constructive support for the track idea was encouraging and the kind of feedback that council embraced as it continued its transformation of the city.

“A big thanks to Claire and everyone who contributed with suggestions … it certainly was a popular idea with a lot of people,” he said.

“It is great to have people putting up ideas like this that are constructive and have the potential to be a real positive for our community.”

He said council operated with public money with strict budgets and planning process while following protocol with due diligence for any work it did in the community. 

Council must take account of the needs of the community with public consultation often being an important step.

 “We welcome comments like this on Facebook and now need it to be submitted in writing through our official channels to be considered by council and the elected members,” he said.

“We encourage this group to get together and put together a letter to council with this idea.”