Thursday, 07 March 2019

Member for Davidson, Jonathan O’Dea has welcomed major progress in providing new sporting facilities on the Northern Beaches.

Mr O’Dea, said “I have worked hard with the community to establish new sporting facilities (likely futsal courts) and a new passive recreation area, as well as a much-anticipated regional bike park at Belrose.

“I brokered an agreement, with support from NSW Government ministers, to transfer parcels of former TAFE land to the Northern Beaches Council for just $1.00 on the basis that Council would promptly deliver new facilities.

“I am pleased the contracts between the Council and TAFE for the Wyatt Avenue sites were exchanged this month, paving the way for construction,” Mr O’Dea said.

Design and planning for the blocks, including community engagement, will proceed this year, with delivery of the projects expected in 2020-21.

The Northern Beaches Council has also given full support for the new mountain bike park on the former Belrose landfill site and it is expected a licence agreement will be finalised this month, shortly followed by a community stakeholder information session.

Over the last year much of the bulk earth works and trail alignments have been undertaken in anticipation of a formal agreement.

Mr O’Dea said, “Once the formalities have been finalised, a tender will be called for professional trail builders to develop the facility.

“The mountain bike park, to open to the public later this year, will be unique in NSW and feature a variety of gravity style trails and jump lines for all abilities,” Mr O’Dea said.

TrailCare Committee Member, Matt Ward said, “The local biking community is extremely excited to finally have a formal facility of this nature locally. The new venue represents a huge leap forward for the sport in NSW”.

Mayor Michael Regan congratulated those involved in paving the way for the new venues saying, "The new facilities are a great outcome for our community and made possible through our partnership with the State Government. I acknowledge the support of Jonathan O’Dea, MP for Davidson in enabling this project to be delivered”.

A community meeting to further discuss the bike park and other aspects of the former Belrose landfill site should be held later this month.