BMXers lose bike jumps



A SEEMINGLY innocent BMX track, constructed by local children, has started a neighbourhood dispute, and the track will be destroyed by Gladstone City Council.

It took a group of local kids nearly two years to construct the series of jumps situated along Glenlyon Road but, after complaints from nearby residents, it will take council a matter of minutes to destroy them.

The area is used by about 50 locals aged between eight and 25 years.

Local ambulance officer and father of children who use the jumps, Rob Devries, said while he understood better than most issues of liability, the children should not be punished for having the initiative to build the jumps.

Josh Griinke and Matthew Ohl built the first jumps and use it every afternoon along with hordes of other local kids.

'It's just keeping us out of trouble,' Matthew said.

But nearby resident Kevin McDonald disagrees and has been pushing for council to do something about the jumps for nearly a year, with action only recently being taken.

Mr McDonald said fighting, swearing and bush fires were the result of kids converging on the area.

Both groups agree that if council had a designated area for the kids to ride then the problem wouldn't exist. They are still waiting for a $300,000 skate park promised by council last year.

A letter written by council acting director of infrastructure services Ross Paroz said the jumps would be removed due to issues of liability. Council chief executive Julie Reitano said she could not comment on how long council had known about the jumps.



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