Dwellingup is on its way to becoming a key Western Australian trails town with the first two deliverables of its national trails town project, officially open.
On Wednesday 17 April, hundreds flocked to the site of Dwellingup’s new Pump Track and Skate Park, to celebrate the opening of the amenities and be among the first to test out the town’s new offerings.
Following official proceedings including a welcome to country by local resident Elder Maitland Hill and a ribbon cutting, riders and skaters dropped-in to the new facilities negotiating the asphalt circuit of the Pump Track and carving the rails, ramps, half and quarter pipes, banks, ledges and kerbs of the Skate Park.
According to Shire President Cr. David Bolt, the opening was an Easter treat for locals and visitors, with the new, central features offering an enjoyable, productive outlet for enthusiasts and supporting town trails activity.
“While both amenities encourage increased participation in and uptake of the disciplines, the Pump Track especially offers a fit-for-purpose warm up facility for competitive and non-competitive bike trail users and supports mountain biking and trails events held in Dwellingup.
“The Shire has worked closely with community representatives in the delivery of this significant project, and the opening of the amenities was a festive celebration for this exciting milestone,” Cr. Bolt said.
Member for Murray-Wellington Robyn Clarke MLA said the State Government was proud to support the project.
“Developing Dwellingup as a national trails town will bring a number of benefits to the region, boosting local businesses and creating local jobs.
“It has been fantastic to see the Shire of Murray and the local community work together to achieve this outcome,” Mrs. Clarke said.
Lotterywest CEO Susan Hunt PSM said the skate park and pump track would be a boost to the region.
“Lotterywest is delighted to support this project with a $251,000 grant. The project increases the facilities available for young people, visitors and mountain bike enthusiasts of all ages.”
“When Western Australians play Lotterywest games, the benefits flow back to Western Australia and to local community projects like this skate park and pump track.”
The Skate Park and Pump Track project was supported by the State Government through the Local Projects Local Jobs Fund and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries as well as Lotterywest and Alcoa.
Other key deliverables of the wider national trails town project include the expansion of the current Visitor Centre as well as landscaping and upgraded parking and pathways.
The wider project is further aligned with trails infrastructure development projects including the Murray Valley Mountain Bike Trails Network and Dwellingup Adventure Trails.
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Photo credit: Josh Cowling Photography