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A major project in the heart of Heyfield to create a youth precinct comprising a new bicycle pump track and an expanded skate park has reached an important milestone.

Wellington Shire Council is now inviting civil construction contractors to submit their tender to build the pump track.

Local MP Darren Chester said the Federal Government would contribute $250,000 towards the construction of the track.

“This project is one of a number investments we are making in local sporting and community infrastructure to both encourage locals to be more active,” Mr Chester said.

“Mountain bikers also pass through Heyfield on their way to nearby trails, so this precinct and the adjacent rail trail provide another activity option for visiting families. It will encourage them to stop in

Heyfield and explore the town and the area.

“Projects like this one are an investment in local jobs and will also bring lasting community social and economic benefits.”

Mr Chester met with members of the Heyfield Community Representative Committee earlier this year to discuss its plans for a youth precinct in Apex Park. Funding for the pump track was announced in April.

Wellington Shire’s General Manager Built and Natural Environment Chris Hastie said the pump track had been identified by the Heyfield community as a priority project.

“Much of the preliminary work had been done, so we’ve been able to move this project ahead,” Mr Hastie said.

“Once the tender is awarded, we will be able to undertake the major civil works for the track.

“Heyfield will have a great facility for families and young people right in the centre of town when the work at the skate park and pump track are both complete.”

A pump track is an undulating circuit with banked turns and other features which allow riders can control their speed by pushing on their bikes in an up-and-down movement, rather than pedalling.

Tenders for the Heyfield pump track close at 2pm on October 7, 2020.

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