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September 21, 2021

Suffolk Park pump track

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Liz Levy, Suffolk Park

What a wonderful facility the pump track in Suffolk Park has turned out to be. Every time I go past I see the hive of activity – all ages and all cooperating in joyous harmony. Lots of community, lots of spectators who will soon be benefiting from the landscaping and extra comforts to come.

While organised sports are great and keep kids active for a couple of hours on a training night and the same again on the weekend, the pump track offers encouragement to leave the screens and couch seven days a week – including kids otherwise turned off physical activity by the traditional options on offer. And they are certainly responding!

Who knows, with the inclusion of BMX riding in the Olympics and an Australian gold medal already, the Byron Shire may yet nurture another Olympic champion.

Congratulations to the Suffolk Park Progress Association, especially Phillipe Soria, who worked for years to bring this vision to fruition.

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1 COMMENT

  1. It was terrific to see the pic on the back page showing all the kids enjoying the pump track. I’ve also seen it quite a bit busier and I believe there will be more landscaping and seating to come.

    I was a bit disappointed to read the caption though including, “Despite questionable process by Council, which affected other users of the Linda Vidler Park in Suffolk Park”. I’m not sure what the questionable process was as I can’t think of a local project so strongly supported by the community and with so much history of public information with opportunities for consultation and feedback.

    Problems arose after years of planning and consultation, when – after SPPA received a grant, supported by Council and awarded by a community voting process – another user decided they needed to expand their current dominating footprint by 50% regardless of the impact on plans for the pump track or the community garden. It seemed a bit questionable to suddenly throw such a demand into the mix at the eleventh hour but Council nevertheless allowed a public meeting on the fresh proposal and previously unidentified complaints – with yet another opportunity for feedback and surveys. Council supported the pump track in the location where it posed the least problems in terms of drainage and overall impact.

    There comes a time when we must decide that consultation, democracy and process have occurred, grants have been won, plans put in place and expenditure outlaid. If a line isn’t drawn under proceedings at some stage, nothing would ever get completed.

    A concerted chorus of “no process” doesn’t make it true.

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