Gearing up for a reopening

The Warwick District Dirt Bike Club volunteers and Cr Russell Wantling at the working bee. Picture: SAMANTHA WANTLING

By Lucy Waldron

The Warwick District Dirt Bike Club is gearing up for a grand reopening after a three-year hiatus, thanks to a dedicated team and strong community support.

Over the previous weekend, volunteers came together for a working bee, cleaning up the space and getting it ready for the final touches.

Club president Monique Andrews said the club has big plans and is hoping to reopen in the next two to three months.

“We aim to cater to riders aged four and up, with a particular focus on encouraging female riders,” Monique said.

It plans to offer various motocross classes, club days, practice days, and RPA days and will host a round of the Southeast Queensland Junior Motocross Series later this year, in collaboration with the Kilcoy Motocross Club.

“We’re also hoping to go bigger and better next year with a round of the Sunshine State Series, and if we’re lucky, a ProMX event,“ she said.

After three years, the community’s enthusiasm has been overwhelming.

“There’s a lot of interest now. Within a week of opening up our membership, we had 90 members sign up,” Monique said.

The volunteers have played a crucial role in the club’s comeback.

“We have the largest volunteer group I’ve ever seen at a motocross club and the community’s response has been fantastic,” she said.

“We all have day jobs, yet we’re getting this club up and running. It’s truly amazing.“

The reopening process involves extensive track work, including rebuilding and installing irrigation systems.

“We’re working with Warrego Water Supplies for irrigation and removing all the old tyres from the track due to stricter track standards,” the club’s president said.

“The track was overgrown and had suffered erosion, so we’re essentially rebuilding from scratch.“

An open day will be planned once the track and irrigation work are completed.

Having a safe environment for children to ride that will not be subjected to noise complaints like others was a major drawcard for the team.

“We don’t have enough facilities for kids to ride safely. Warwick’s sand track is unique in Southeast Queensland, and it’s crucial to maintain it.”

With unwavering support from its volunteers and the community, the Warwick District Dirt Bike Club is set to become a vibrant hub for motocross enthusiasts once again.