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Bid to get

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Dave Dilliwaard


The future of Beenleigh's BMX facilities may be set for a smoother ride following a push to upgrade facilities at Doug Larsen Park.

A group representing the 300-strong riding community put its case to a meeting with several Gold Coast City councillors at Beenleigh on Friday.

The members presented petitions seeking new facilities and improvements to the Beenleigh BMX Club's infrastructure.

Nicholas Richardson, whose son rides at the park, said the Beenleigh complex had produced at least two riders who had turned professional and were now competing in the United States.

He said the Beenleigh site had been on the verge of international recogni-


  tion and possibly hosting trials for the US-based X Games when a run of bad luck started.

He said it was vital that local youngsters continued to have access to the facilities.

"The meeting was positive and we will know in about 30 days if the council will rebuild ramps and replace lights to help us out," said Mr Richardson, who helped to initiate the Beenleigh Freestyle Association.

In recent months, the council has removed three homemade ramps, while vandals have also struck the popular freestyle BMX site.

Meanwhile, the search is on for a suitable site for a new skate park at Eagleby. Funds have been earmarked under the Community Renewal scheme.

People wanting to submit information for this section should contact Jason Oxenbridge or Tracey McBean on 5584 2435

The Gold Coast Bulletin, Wednesday, September 18, 2002 - page 17.

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