BMX restoration labour of love

Daryna ZadvirnaNarrogin Observer
Community working on nature play area.
Camera IconCommunity working on nature play area.

Residents have been chipping in dollars and labour to restore an old BMX track on the outskirts of Narrogin.

The Narrogin Community Restoration Project started a year ago when Jenny Ettridge put a call out to the community on an online local group chat.

“I had a dream to try to rescue an old BMX track on the outskirts of our little town, located in a beautiful bush setting,” Mrs Ettridge said.

“I got 104 encouraging responses and offers to help — the community was really excited.”

Since then, the community group has managed to fund and restore 75 per cent of the track, renovate an old toilet block, paint a mural on the block exterior, set up seating, and install a water fountain.

Mrs Ettridge said she was amazed and grateful for the donations and the work of the community volunteers, including the Shire of Narrogin, which has paid for some significant improvements.

“Our chief executive Dale Stewart has been fantastic — being an old BMX rider himself, he agreed this should be a recreational area,” she said.

The next goals are to build a solid shelter with picnic tables, construct a safe nature play area, pot some bush tucker plants, and finish off the rest of the track.

“We have been fortunate enough to receive $1000 from a local church organisation and another $2000 from a local group called Revheads, and recently held a raffle at Coles which raised another $1000,” Mrs Ettridge said. She said she could not wait for the track to be finished.

“Having spent such a wonderful childhood in Narrogin, we plan to leave a footprint in our beloved town,” she said.

A part of the restored BMX track.
Camera IconA part of the restored BMX track. Credit: Jenny Ettridge

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