BMX Club set to move

BMX Club set to move

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Byford BMX Club rider Jeremy Adams. Photograph – Aaron Van Rongen.

A sport, which was hugely popular in the 1970s, has grown exponentially in Byford forcing the local BMX club to rethink its future location.

Byford BMX currently operates from the Briggs Park Recreation Precinct but with a membership of more than 200 people the club has quickly outgrown its surroundings and at present can not host events like the BMX Nationals Championships.

A report, which was prepared for consideration at this week’s Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale council meeting, requested the relocation of the club from the precinct to the new Keirnan Park Recreation Precinct in Mundijong.

Councillors voted unanimously at the meeting to support the club’s relocation.

Club president Kirsty Lagden said the opportunity to build the new facility and track would give opportunity to host large national events instead of forcing riders to travel interstate to represent their state and country.

“The proposed national training facility will allow the shire and all of the local sporting clubs involved to build a sporting complex that will serve the greater community,” she said.

“By starting fresh it would allow the club to ensure the track is secure and fenced as vandalism is a weekly event and we have to repair the track frequently with remote controlled cars, motorbikes and scooters constantly digging up the track.”

Ms Lagden said the new facility would also open up several doors for the club in terms of expanding its membership and sponsorship.

The Keirnan Park Recreation Precinct is planned to be delivered over six stages and is projected to cost between $70 and $100 million.

The precinct will accommodate football ovals, cricket pitches and nets, tennis, netball and basketball courts, swimming pools, a gymnasium and a range of other community and administrative facilities.