Have your say on Carmichael Park BMX facility plan

PLANS ON TRACK: Cessnock City Council is developing a concept plan to upgrade the BMX facility at Carmichael Park, Bellbird.
PLANS ON TRACK: Cessnock City Council is developing a concept plan to upgrade the BMX facility at Carmichael Park, Bellbird.

Community feedback is sought on Cessnock City Council's plan to upgrade the BMX facility at Carmichael Park in Bellbird, with prizes up for grabs for those who share their ideas.

Council has engaged Bike Tracks Australia and Bligh Tanner to develop a concept plan to upgrade the track, which is Cessnock's only public BMX facility.

Council has applied for funding under the NSW Government's Resources for Regions program for the $250,000 project, and if successful, hopes to start construction in 2022.

Residents can have their say about the plan in a number of ways, including an online survey, ideas wall and workshops, and a kids' drawing competition.

The online survey can be done at the Have Your Say section on council's website, and everyone who completes the survey can choose to go in the draw to win one of five $50 pre-paid Visa cards.

Suggestions can also be submitted to an online ideas wall, or texted to 0402 822 698 for council staff to add it to the wall.

Two rounds of online workshops will be held: one in October to provide input into draft concept plan, and the second in November to present the draft concept plan to participants for feedback. There will also be a workshop just for young people. Register for the workshops via council's website.

Children 12 and under are invited to draw their ideas for a BMX facility and submit via email to recreation@cessnock.nsw.gov.au, with a family season pass to Cessnock and Branxton Pools on offer for the winner.

The concept plan will be made available for further community feedback and comment before being reported to council in early 2022.

Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent said this facility will provide greater opportunity for young riders to enhance their skills and encouraged residents to have their say.

"Earlier this year, council applied for funding under the NSW Government's Resources for Regions program to fund a $250,000 upgrade to the BMX facility. Developing a concept plan is the first step in getting construction under way, which will hopefully kick off in 2022," he added.

For more information and to make a submission, visit the 'Have Your Say' section of council's website.

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