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BMX riders give new Carmichael Park facility ‘thumbs up’

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Cessnock’s latest sporting precinct at Carmichael Park has received the “thumbs up” by the region’s BMX enthusiasts.

Named in honour of local hero Neville Tomlinson, the new facility was delivered alongside other park upgrades including the addition of four-bay cricket practice nets, a full-size multi-purpose court and hit-up/rebound wall.

It’ll provide regional standard amenities for the Bellbird community, too.

The late Mr Tomlinson was a well-known figure throughout the LGA, serving as the Bellbird Fire Station Captain for 37 years between 1971 and 2008.

He also played an integral role in starting the initial bike circuit.

Cessnock City mayor Jay Suvaal, Hunter MP Dan Repacholi MP, Cessnock City councillor John Moores and Cessnock MP Calyton Barr MP in front of Neville Tomlinson BMX Facility.

Cessnock City mayor Jay Suvaal said he was proud to officially open the Neville Tomlinson Regional BMX Facility.

“It’s fitting this [development] honours Neville’s immense contribution to the Bellbird community,” he explained.

“He was instrumental in establishing the original track that became a hub of activity for generations of residents.

“So, I look forward to seeing the community come together to enjoy these fantastic new facilities.

“We’d also like to thank Woolworths Cessnock for supporting the opening today (Monday 22 April).”

The project received funding from the NSW Government’s Resources for Regions round eight ($250,000) and the Australian Government’s Investing in Our Communities program ($500,000), as well as Cessnock City Council.

The sporting facilities, meanwhile, were backed by the state government’s 2021/22 Regional Sport Facility Fund ($648,640).

Minister for Sport Steve Kamper said projects like the Neville Tomlinson Regional BMX Facility highlighted the NSW Government’s commitment to delivering local sporting infrastructure. 

“It plays a critical role in keeping communities healthy, active and connected,” he added.

“These upgrades and new BMX facility will allow more people to take part in sport whether they are training competitively or just for fun.”

Cessnock MP Clayton Barr agreed.

“It is important for governments to invest in a wide-range of sporting facilities to meet the needs and interests of the community,” he said.

“The upgrades and new BMX track are a welcome addition to the area.

“Community sport builds connected, healthy and active communities.

“So, these upgrades will provide residents with a terrific new facility to participate in both training and recreation.”

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