Work starts on much-anticipated new BMX track
IT'S AN Olympic sport where competitors fling themselves into the air on push-bikes and reach top speeds of 55 km/h - and it's racing into Clermont this week.
Today marks the first day of construction of the highly anticipated new BMX track in Clermont.
It's been more than two years in the making but the 400 metre track is expected to be completed within three months.
It's expected that the new track will draw in gearheads and bikers from around the region, as it will be able to host state-level events.
During a visit to the site, Acting Premier and Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the track would boost health and economic outcomes for the town.
"State level BMX events will translate into more visitors coming to the region and spending money with local businesses,” Mr Dick said.
It's hoped the track will inspire Clermont's budding and established bikers to click into gear, potentially even riding onto the Olympic stage in the future.
"Who knows what future champions may get their start here in Clermont,” Mr Dick said.
The launch of the BMX track is just the start of the sporting redevelopment of Clermont with extra facilities like site buildings and grandstands planned for the future.
Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker said she hoped the new facilities would help young Clermont residents to pursue healthy active passions.
"Infrastructure like this BMX track also helps us create liveable and healthy communities”.
The $445,000 track is the result of a co-funding arrangement between Isaac Regional Council and the State Government under the Works for Queensland program.
This is the 13th project that Isaac Regional Council has received funding for from the Works for Queensland program, totalling $3.37 million in State Government funding.