New pump track under construction in Annandale

Date published: 6 May 2020

Construction has started on a new asphalt pump track at the Murray Sporting Complex in Annandale.

The project, being completed by local company Transcape Constructions, is expected to be completed by the end of May.

Sports and Recreation Committee Chair Cr Maurie Soars said the pump track upgrade would help promote an active lifestyle.

“The new pump track will give residents and visitors to Townsville another way to get outside and stay active,” Cr Soars said.

“This is an important time to remember to keep moving, not just for the physical health benefits but also because staying active can help improve mental health too.”

Local Councillor Suzy Batkovic said the new track would be a welcome addition to the sporting complex.

“A pump track is a circuit of rollers, banked turns and features designed to be ridden completely by “pumping,” or generating momentum by up and down body movements, instead of pedalling or pushing,” Cr Batkovic said.

“The construction project will include the installation of an asphalt pump track, a new irrigation system, an increase in the amount of seating, improved pathway access and tree plantings to increase shade.

“I have no doubt that cycling enthusiasts are going to love it.”

The project secured $200,000 in funding from the Queensland Government’s W4Q program.

“I’d like to thank the State Government for continuing to fund the Works 4 Queensland (W4Q) program, these projects are invaluable for supporting local businesses even throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” Cr Batkovic said.

Member for Mundingburra Coralee O’Rourke said she was pleased to see the Works For Queensland program help fund an exciting new facility.

“The pump track will be in a great place at the Murray Sporting Complex which often has big crowds when sport is running,” she said.

“It will be a great recreational addition for the Townsville community in a busy part of the city.”