Saturday 13th January was a very proud day for Batemans Bay BMX Club as they concreted the 2nd berm on the Batemans Bay BMX Track! What once seemed like an unattainable dream is now a reality!
Many months ago, Batemans Bay BMX Club’s Grants Officer, Nadine Crouch, applied for a grant through Department of Community Services to seal the Batemans Bay BMX tracks 3 berms. Nadine was successful in her grant application, allowing the BMX Club to spend the last few months making the necessary preparations for such a massive step forward for the Club. Club President, Marin Batistic, and Club Vice President, Troy Crouch, spent many hours of research, paperwork and communication between Club members, other BMX Clubs, Eurobodalla Shire Council, local tradesman and suppliers to finalise the design, co-ordination and construction of the project.
Marin Batistic told The Beagle "The kids are so excited to ride the track this week!" "Having sealed berms to train on brings our track to a state series level, allowing our riders the opportunity to learn the technique of riding a sealed surface. Local riders were spending many weekends travelling to BMX tracks in Sydney, Canberra and Albion Park in order to train on sealed berms – now they can train on sealed berms on their home track!"
"We have seen the local community’s use of the track increase dramatically the more the track’s condition is improved. "The new works will only see a further increase in community and club involvement on the track. Adding colour to the concrete was to give the track a “wow” factor – it is the first coloured concrete berm in NSW. This “wow” factor will increase the number of riders to the track which will then increase visitors to the Eurobodalla Shire."
Marin advised that another huge advantage of having sealed berms is the dramatic reduction of maintenance due to the berms being damaged during wet weather. This will allow the club volunteers to concentrate on the rest of the tracks’ surface and surroundings, ensuring a better facility for the club riders and the community.
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Batemans Bay BMX Club would like to sincerely thank the following people and businesses for their extremely generous time and efforts put into the track over the weekend:
Chris Moran Concreter – who donated many, many hours of labour as well as materials, Jason Bryan, Tim Gottaas, Bill Hines, Jackson Ward, Joey Moran, Marin Batistic, Troy Crouch, Josh Newell, Matthew Hancock, Andrew Hearne, Mathew Pinder, Ben Sawyer from Batemans Bay Concrete Pumping, South Coast Decorative Concrete Supplies and the BMX Club’s Major Sponsor, Coastal Concrete and Quarry.