BMX riders from across the Illawarra region are set to experience an upgraded track later this year after Southlake Illawarra BMX Club took out $2,000 in the June round of the #GreaterIllawarra funding program.
Southlake Illawarra BMX Club plans to put the winning funds towards the major project of repairing and resurfacing their BMX track with a durable weatherproof coating.
The project will ensure that the 5,000 people who use what is considered one of NSW's most advanced BMX tracks, will continue to enjoy the highest levels of safety and track maintenance.
As the only BMX Club in the Illawarra region, Southlake Illawarra BMX Club offers a safe, family-friendly environment for riders to learn new skills, make new friends and challenge themselves by participating in friendly, structured competition.
With members ranging in age from 2 – 65 years old, the club also provides coaching, bicycle safety and a comprehensive race series to develop riders to the international standard.
According to Southlake Illawarra BMX Club Social Media Co-ordinator, Jane Cole, the win is particularly timely as local community sport restarts with the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions.
“We recently relaunched our race calendar for the remainder of 2020 and the #GreaterIllawarra funding win will kick-start a broader fundraising campaign to resurface the track with a durable weatherproof coating,” Jane said.
“It is quite an expensive project but will dramatically improve long term sustainability of the track and reduce the maintenance burden on our small army of volunteers.”
“We want to thank Greater Bank for their support through the #GreaterIllawarra initiative which has been such a positive experience for our members. It’s been a fun way to engage and connect riders, families and supporters throughout the BMX community while also raising the profile of our club,” she said.
Also sharing in this month’s funding was Safe Shelter Shoalhaven and The Movement Crew Wollongong who both received $500 to put towards operational costs.
Greater Bank’s Regional Manager, Greg Creagan, said it was clear the #GreaterIllawarra funding program continues to provide invaluable support to those community groups who need it most.
“Supporting the communities that support us is fundamental to our business especially during these challenging times and the #GreaterIllawarra funding program is a wonderful example of this philosophy" | Greg Creagan, Regional Sales Manager
“The monthly funding available through the program can make such a difference to sporting groups such as Southlake Illawarra BMX Club who provide world class facilities and an amazing community spirit to the people of Illawarra,” said Mr Creagan.
The July round of the #GreaterIllawarra program is now open until 5pm on Wednesday, 29 July 2020 with Jane's Walk for a Cure, Parent/Carers of Children with Autism Support Group and 1st Keiraville Cub Group all vying for a share in the $3000 funding.
The public can cast their vote here or by visiting a Greater Bank branch.