Students from Duncraig Primary School got to try out their cycling skills today during the launch of a newly built pump track facility at Ern Halliday Recreation Camp.
The pump track is the newest program offering at the camp in Hillarys, which offers a variety of land, water and roping outdoor recreation activities and affordable accommodation to the Western Australian community.
With a resurgence in cycling and mountain biking in Western Australia, which has one of the highest levels of cycling participation in the country according to the Australian Bicycle Council (2015), it was a perfect time to add the track to the list of the camp’s activities.
Department of Sport and Recreation Director General Ron Alexander said the facility played a vital role in introducing cycling and mountain biking to young Western Australians.
“In providing introductory riding skills in the metro area we hope the pump track helps thousands of young people develop a passion for riding in the outdoors and leads them to engage with their local mountain biking club and enjoy riding trails throughout the State,” said Mr Alexander.
Those attending the launch included City of Joondalup’s Kate Abbott (Senior Youth worker), James Gilbert (Youth outreach worker) and Peter Madden (Team Leader Youth Services), Australian Camps Association CEO Pete Griffiths, designers and builders Three Chillies Trails Design, Sandover Pinder Architects Peter Giangiulio and Rob Murray, who created Ern Halliday’s Master Plan and Department of Sport and Recreation Director of Facilities Rob Didcoe. Member for Kingsley Jessica Stojkovski MLA, who was representing new Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray and also took a moment to reminisce about her experiences at the camp during her students days.
Enquiries about the pump track should be directed to Ern Halliday Recreation Camp on 9492 9788.