Member or Kiama Gareth Ward MP has announced $10,000 funding for the new Kangaroo Valley Pump Track which has been officially opened.
Mr Ward also addressed the official opening of the brand new pump track facility joining with representatives from Shoalhaven City Council and other local Kangaroo Valley community groups and local residents.
“I was extremely pleased to secure $10,000 from the Premier Gladys Berejiklian MP for this brand new Kangaroo Valley Pump Track which is a real game changer for the local Kangaroo Valley community especially the young junior riders,” he said.
“As the local Member for Kiama, I have always worked hard to secure investments that make a significant and lasting difference for our local communities and this project is right up at the top of the list.
“Pump Tracks allow for all range of bikers as well as skateboarders and scooters and are incredibly popular in our district and I am always keen to seek grants that support sports and active recreation that leads to healthier lives,” Mr Ward said.
“This new pump track facility is a great asset to the local Kangaroo Valley community and will accommodate thousands of users each year and ensures a fun and safe facility and track for all riders.
“I want to also acknowledge Shoalhaven City Council for their involvement and David Johnson the Pump Track coordinator for inviting me along to the official opening here today,” Mr Ward said.
Kangaroo Valley Pump Track Project Coordinator Mr David Johnson said:
“This Community project has been two years in the making and would not have happened without a core group of locals who have dedicated machinery, resources and loads of time to the completion of this amazing track,” he said.
“The track builder Mr Shaun O’Connor is a local who used to build jumps in this area, he has been amazing in making this track one that all range of riders will enjoy.
“After the damage caused by the fires in 2020 and the subsequent down turn in tourism after Covid, the Village was beginning to feel a little flat. Locals have now got something to smile about and are super excited to start riding the track.
“The Kangaroo Valley Community has really pulled together to get this project over the line with businesses and families not only donating money but digging, mulching, planting, laying turf, moving rocks, watering plants and making cookies to ensure the success of the Pump Track.
“We would also like to acknowledge all of our major sponsors including our local State Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP and the NSW Government for the funding they secured for this project – it is greatly appreciated,” Mr Johnson said.