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The Mountain Bike Skills Course at Nesbitt Park is open – pictured are Lismore Council staff and Mayor Vanessa Ekins, Ben Franklin MLC, Janelle Saffin MP and Cr Darlene Cook. Photo supplied.

Though Lismore is currently in lockdown, the city has inaugurated a new sporting activity in Nesbitt Park that will make residents want to enjoy outdoors as soon as possible.

Last week, Lismore Council City announced the opening of a new track for mountain
bike at Nesbitt Park.

‘It’s exciting to open this Mountain Bike Skills Course which is something the community and Council has wanted for a long time, and I thank the NSW Government for the grant to fund it,’ said Lismore Mayor Vanessa Ekins.

This new track will be open to the public every day when the covid restrictions will be
lifted and will be free for everyone to enjoy.

Council’s Coordinator for Open Space Assets, Martin Soutar, said it’s a great venue for all levels of cycling. ‘It is designed to help beginner and intermediate mountain bike riders to develop their skills on various natural elements they may find on actual bushland trails.

‘No formal training sessions will be offered but young people are urged to give the track a try; all you need is a bike and helmet’, said Mayor Ekins.

Nesbitt Park is already home to a large number of nature lovers, with ‘playground equipment, a 1km walking track, exercise equipment, BBQ’s, sporting fields and a
Radio-Controller Car facility’, said Mr Soutar.

This new cycle track will make it possible to welcome many riders who, in these times of restrictions, need fresh air.

To allow this project, part of the BMX track was destroyed, and a revision of the
landscaping and vegetation was done.

‘It really is a fantastic facility, and I am sure it will be well used by the community’,
said Mayor Ekins.

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