WHEELS IN MOTION: Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell watches as Brett Wilkes of Casino tests the new dirt track at Nesbitt Park.
WHEELS IN MOTION: Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell watches as Brett Wilkes of Casino tests the new dirt track at Nesbitt Park. Cathy Adams

South Lismore dirt bike track opened with a flying start

THE gates have only just come down on the highly anticipated South Lismore dirt bike track and already it's off to a flying start.

The dirt track was officially opened yesterday, marking the completion of the $750,000 Nesbitt Park Master Plan.

Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell said Nesbitt Park had been severally neglected in the past but was now one of the region's leading parks.

"This is the last stage of this park yet it was one of the very first things the community, particularly the young people, said they wanted here," she said.

"The young people have been champing at the bit to get in here even when it's been fenced, we know they've been sneaking in, so we know it's really much needed."

Far from a collection of random dirt piles, the mounds and kickers have been specially designed, constructed and spaced to cater to different riders' levels and abilities.

The delay in the dirt track's construction was largely due to a council policy that doesn't allow outside material to be used for earthworks in the floodplain.

But the construction of the Masters home improvement store meant excess soil from the site could be used for the dirt track.

Casino BMX rider Brett Wilkes said the addition of the dirt track made the park a great place for the whole family.

"I think it's good," he said. "The younger fellas can get out and ride and the older ones can teach them how to do it. This is the only place that really has them (dirt tracks)."

The council's sport and recreation officer, James Voght, who has been working on the Nesbitt Park Master Plan since its adoption in 2007, said the dirt track was something the community had long been calling for.

"Over the years we've been doing research on what we haven't got that we should have and bicycle riding has always come up high on the list," he said.

The $80,000 track is the final project in the Nesbitt Park Master Plan which includes walking tracks, exercise equipment, amenities, children's play equipment and a playground for people with disabilities.