Bike tracks to build skills

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Exmouth Bike Facility Concept
Camera IconExmouth Bike Facility Concept Credit: Supplied/Shire of Exmouth

Exmouth residents are a step closer to a new multi-purpose bike facility after the council approved a master plan of the project, estimated to cost more than $300,000.

Plans to build a new bike track began two years ago when the Shire of Exmouth’s Ningaloo Trails master plan identified the need for a new biking facility.

The document provided time frames for new trails, with the park listed as a high-priority development that could be completed in up to three years.

The trails report stated there was a great community benefit to establish mountain-bike trails that emphasise skill development and introduce new riders, particularly children, to the sport.

Last February, Common Ground was hired to design the facility at the Exmouth Recreation Precinct between the tennis club and community gardens. The new track, budgeted at $362,500, will feature a pump track, jump park and a skills loop.

At the October ordinary meeting, councillors approved the track design and authorised the chief executive to undertake the request for tender process.

Shire president Matt Niikkula said outdoor activities were an essential component of healthy communities, and the development of the facility would benefit both residents and visitors.

“Living in small remote locations sometimes means residents miss out what children in the city and regional centre take for granted,” he said.

“This facility will provide three elements and cater for all ages and skill levels.

“The establishment of a pump track, skills loop track, and jump line will have an emphasis on skill development and recreation for new riders, particularly children.”

He said it would allow users to develop and enhance their cycling skills before heading out into the greater Exmouth Cape. The project is expected to be completed next July.

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