Maffra pump track work is underway

CONSTRUCTION of Maffra’s new pump track is underway.

The all-weather pump track, suggested by Maffra Secondary College students during the development of the Wellington Youth Play Project, is designed as a circuit of rolling mounds, jumps and banked turns.

The track doesn’t require pedalling or pushing; instead a pumping action is used to maintain momentum, whether it is on a board, bike or ‘blades.

The total project cost is $320,000, of which $150,000 is for the pump track, with the remainder to be spent on the expansion to Maffra skate park and landscaping.

The project was delayed after Maffra received more than 90 millimetres of rainfall recently, but the track is on target to be completed by mid-May and opened to the public.

After Easter, Wellington Shire Council officers will seek public consultation on designs for the skate park expansion.

Once the Maffra park is completed, Wellington Shire will have three pump tracks – the other two being in Heyfield and Yarram – with plans for tracks in Sale and Stratford.