'Vital lifeline for Mary Valley'

A PROPOSED motorcycle sports park at Bella Creek, near Borumba Dam, would be "the best thing" for Imbil and the whole Mary Valley, supporters said this week.

The plan, aimed at providing a major regional facility for motorcycle and quad bike sports, has met angry opposition from concerned nearby residents.

But promoter Scott Canty said he had done his best to consult with neighbours and to address any concerns that could be raised, including noise.

Mr Canty said he had previously avoided putting forward the case for the project because he wanted to address residents' concerns, not get into a "mud slinging match" with them.

He said his proposed Bella Creek Multi Sports Park would impose safety regulations and noise curfews and would provide job opportunities via big spending on access improvements and facilities construction.

As a protection for neighbours, anyone entering into any of the park's extensive noise buffer zones would face "permanent eviction".

Imbil business operator Graeme Rummler described the park as "the best thing, not only for Imbil but the whole Mary Valley".

Mr Rummler said the park would be a major lifeline for Imbil.

"They'll buy food, fuel, groceries and the pub will get looked after," he said.

"It is an absolutely needed boost to business in this town."

Mr Rummler, who owns the Borumba Fishing and Outdoors store, said there would also be safety benefits for non-motorised recreational users of the dam.

"A section of it backs onto Kingham Creek, which will give kayakers and canoeists access to sections of the lake that are not readily accessible to power boats or jet skis."

Raine and Horne Real Estate operator Nick Smith said the park was "the best thing that could possibly happen".

"We've got kids and bikes coming in and riding through the forestry anyway, as well as on council reserves and beaches that other people are trying to use," he said.

"Imbil now relies on the Mary Valley Heritage Rail and Borumba Dam. We need more than that."

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