Kununurra is set to have its very own dirt-bike ground aimed to attract tourists and engage local youth.
Kimberley Action Sports Incorporated, the organiser of various events in the region including the Lake Argyle Adventure Race, was granted $6000 through round four of the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Program.
KAS Inc. co-ordinator Glenn Taylor said the premier facility in the region will be well-received.
“This will be the first BMX track in the East Kimberley but I anticipate it will be very popular,” he said.
“A lot of local kids have BMX bikes and BMX is now an Olympic sport and a great gateway into mountain biking.”
The Kununurra BMX precinct will be located on Drovers Road and include a “pump track”, to be subsidised by volunteer organisation APEX, and the Rotary Club of Kununurra supported the BMX track.
A jumps area and a cross-country mountain bike track have also been proposed for the area, with works scheduled to start on April 1 dependent on the end of the wet season.
Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price says she is delighted the funding will go towards the construction of a BMX track in Kununurra. “The Stronger Communities Program is a wonderful initiative for community organisations that have a project which could benefit from funding,” she said.
“This round had a tourism focus and having a BMX track in Kununurra will attract tourists and competitors to the town, adding to the local economy.
“It will also help local youth to be involved in this popular sport.”
The Stronger Communities Grants Program will deliver $150,000 to fund small capital projects in the electorate of Durack over the 2018-2019 financial year.
Eligible applicants can apply for funding of at least $2500 and up to a maximum of $20,000.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate matched funding for the project, in cash or in-kind.
The co-funding grants will be available for capital expenditure on projects that deliver social benefits and improve community participation and cohesion.