We’re listening to our community about the makeshift jump tracks across Moonee Valley, and are taking steps to assess which ones are safe.
We know a lot of hard work has gone into the makeshift tracks. Council has a duty to consider the wellbeing of our whole community including the safety of those making the jumps.
That’s why we’ve appointed an independent expert to carry out a formal risk assessment of jumps across Moonee Valley.
After assessing the tracks near Glenbervie Station it was determined that one jump will need be removed immediately.
In the case of that one jump (pictured below) the risk to our community is too high due to its close proximity to the creek and the use of unsafe material including star pickets and bricks. We were advised it must be removed immediately. Works to remove the jump occurred today. Concern has also been raised regarding damage to certain vegetation including to roots of a number of sugar gum trees. We’ll continue to work with the young people involved to improve the safety of the area.
Picture: Jump near Glenbervie Station removed
Let’s work together on a solution
We know the majority of the people making bike tracks mean no harm and, like all of us, are looking to stay active and entertained during restrictions. We’re listening to the young people involved and want to harness their passion and work together to make plans for the future of Moonee Valley.
At the Council meeting on Tuesday, 18 August Councillors voted for a review of the Aberfeldie Park Masterplan in relation to “the site previously earmarked for a wetland, so that community uses for this area of parkland can be investigated, including but not limited to a permanent BMX track and an extension to the sporting fields currently on site, namely cricket and soccer.”
We’ll be reaching out to young people and other BMX and mountain bike enthusiasts to consult further on this issue soon and engage to find suitable solutions throughout the municipality.
While we’re keen to work with young people to maintain jumps where we can, not everywhere is suited to bike jumps. Some of the other locations, such as Napier Park, are causing the destruction of local wildlife habitats and culturally significant sites which are important to our culture and environment.
There are also concerns about bike track users breaching Stage 4 restrictions by gathering in large groups and not social distancing. We strongly encourage everyone to abide by restrictions and only use the jumps during one hour of exercise a day.
We’re trying to get the balance right and work with all of our community to build resilience during this difficult time, but it won’t happen overnight. Assessments of other jumps throughout Moonee Valley will continue over the coming weeks and we’ll keep you updated.