$1m project on track
THE new $1 million cycle track at Toormina is fast taking shape and should be completed by March or April.
Coffs Harbour City Council's city parks manager, John Shaw, said 80 per cent of the earthworks were finished and sewer lines were already in at Minorie Drive.
"The track should be completed by the end of March or early April and the amenity block should be ready by the end of the financial year," Mr Shaw said.
Developer contributions will fund some of the work and the Coffs Harbour Cycle Club is kicking in $100,000.
The new track is being touted as a regional facility which will replace the existing Brelsford Park track which is in a dangerous condition and is not being used.
"Back in 1998, when the council was looking to do its management plan for Brelsford Park, we promised to build a new cycle track," Shaw said.
"At that stage even then the Brelsford Park track was getting dangerous and the new facility was something that desperately needed to be done.
"The planned redevelopment of Brelsford Park has also added impetus to the project.
"We're going as fast as we can to get it finished, but if it keeps raining, there could be delays."
The new cycle track will have 14 degree bankings at either end of a 330m oval circuit, similar in design to tracks at the Gold Coast, Toowoomba and Horsham in Victoria.
Plans for 28 degree bankings had to be shelved due to costs.