Grant sought for Cessnock mountain bike park
Cessnock City Council has applied for a state government grant to facilitate the creation of a mountain bike park in the area.
The park has been proposed for a 385 hectare parcel just east of the township between Duffie Drive and Neath Road, and could also include running tracks, and space for Aboriginal history talks and flora regeneration.
Dubbed ‘The Precinct’, the idea for the park arose from conversations between Crown Lands, who own the site, and the police, who earlier this year dismantled a shanty village that had been found on the land.
The village was being used as a base for a low-level criminal group who were stealing property and cars from around the city and then returning to the structures.
At the same time, police have been working to address anti-social behaviour and illegal dirt bike riding through public streets.
As well as social benefits, the park would form part of trail network that connects Newcastle to the wine district.
“This project is a prime example of turning a negative situation into something really positive for our community,” Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent said.
“It has been fantastic to see everyone working together on this and I truly hope we get a positive outcome out of the funding application.”
Council will apply for $4 million from the Regional Communities Development Fund.