State-of-the-art BMX track off and racing in Moreton Bay
Published 04 May 2023
Moreton Bay Regional Council is now home to one of the best BMX racing tracks in Australia ahead of the 2032 Olympic & Paralympic Games, thanks to the joint $5.8 million project with the State Government at Nolan Park, Brendale.
Mayor Peter Flannery attended the official opening at the new track and clubhouse for the Pine Rivers BMX Club at Nolan Park, Brendale alongside Pine Rivers MP Nikki Boyd, and councillors Cath Tonks (Div 9) and Cr Mick Gillam (Div 8).
“Moreton Bay Regional Council does community sports better than anyone else and that means providing great facilities to all sports whether that’s traditional sports like rugby league, netball and AFL, or emerging sports like BMX racing,” he said.
“BMX racing has been rapidly growing in popularity in Australia and specifically Moreton Bay since it was introduced to the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and it continues to be a major drawcard as recently as Tokyo 2020.
“Pine Rivers BMX Club have been at the forefront of that popularity surge by producing a number of junior world champions and providing an outlet for kids to enjoy themselves.
“Now thanks to Council and the State Government they have one of the best racing tracks and clubhouses in Australia to keep churning out the best of the best as we ride closer to the 2032 Olympic & Paralympic Games right here on our doorstep.”
Pine Rivers MP Nikki Boyd said the State Government $1.95 million contribution was part of the Queensland Government’s Unite and Recover Community Stimulus Package to help Queensland communities bounce back from COVID.
“The Unite and Recover Community Stimulus Package has helped fund 63 projects across Queensland and create more than 1,500 jobs at a time when Queenslanders needed it most,” she said.
“This project not only created local jobs during the construction phase, but it will create ongoing stimulus to the region by supporting a thriving local club to expand and provide an amazing service to the community.
“Thanks to the State Government funding, this facility and clubhouse was able to be delivered to a standard capable of hosting national-level events and competitions which is just another way this facility will continue to provide ongoing stimulus to the local community.”
Councillor Cath Tonks (Div 9) said this was just another feather in the cap for the Brendale area, which is fast becoming the centre of community sports in South East Queensland.
“The proof is in the pudding and a record 217 riders at the official opening of this new BMX track shows that it’s already a facility that the community loves,” she said.
“It complements the work we’ve been doing down the road to build one of Queensland’s largest multisport facilities at the South Pine Sports Complex, which is home to roughly 6,000 sports club members playing over 20 different sports.
“This new BMX track provides the community a point of difference and another options for locals to take part in sport and connect with others at the Pine Rivers BMX Club.
“What a thrill it would be to see one of these riders go on to compete for Australia at the 2032 Olympic & Paralympic Games in Brisbane.”