Carmichael Park BMX facility concept plan

Consultation closing 31 October 2021, 11:59PM

Image of a rider on a BMX track

We’re developing a concept plan to upgrade the BMX facility at Carmichael Park in Bellbird.

We’ve engaged Bike Tracks Australia and Bligh Tanner to help us but we want to know what the community values in a BMX facility so your ideas can be incorporated into a draft concept plan.

The draft concept plan will be made available for further community feedback and comment before being reported to Council in early 2022. The elected Council will make the final decision on the concept plan for the upgraded BMX facility.

We’re hoping to start construction of the upgraded BMX facility in 2022, subject to receiving state government funding under the Resources for Regions program.

How to get involved

There are several ways you can get involved and provide input into the draft concept plan.

Online survey

The survey is open to everyone, including riders and non-riders, and takes about five minutes to complete. Everyone who completes the survey can choose to go in the draw to win one of five $50 pre-paid Visa cards.

The survey closes on 31 October 2021.

Terms and conditions
  1. To be eligible to enter the competition entrants must complete the Carmichael Park BMX facility concept plan survey.
  2. Entrants must provide contact details including name, email or phone number to receive the prize.
  3. Only one (1) entry to the competition per person will be accepted.
  4. Entries must be received by 11.59PM (AEDT) on Sunday, 31 October 2021.
  5. This competition will have five (5) randomly selected winners. All entrants will be entered into an automated system which will select five (5) names at random.
  6. Each of the five (5) randomly selected entrants will be awarded one (1) $50 pre-paid Visa card.
  7. The prize winner will be notified via email or phone by 12 November 2021. 

Ideas wall

The community is also invited to submit suggestions and photos for the BMX facility via an online ideas wall. To submit an idea, head to our ideas wall or text your idea to 0402 822 698 and we’ll put it on the wall for you.

The ideas wall closes on 31 October 2021.

Drawing competition

We understand that our youngest residents and BMX riders may be unable to participate in a survey or ideas wall. To ensure everyone has a chance to have their say, we’re inviting children aged 12 and under to enter a drawing competition.

Children can draw their ideas for a BMX facility and submit their entries via email. Entries should be no larger than one A4 piece of paper and include the child’s full name, age, address and a contact phone number. Read the full terms and conditions below.

The drawing competition will be judged by Cessnock Mayor Bob Pynsent.  The winner will receive a family season pass (2021/22) to Cessnock and Branxton Pools valued at $386.

The drawing competition closes on 31 October 2021.

Terms and conditions

  1. Entrants must be aged 12 or under in the 2021 calendar year and reside in the Cessnock Local Government Area.
  2. Entries must be no larger than a single-sided A4 piece of paper.
  3.  Entrants must provide their full name, age, address and a contact phone number.
  4.  Entries can be created using a range of tools including pencils, textas/sharpies, crayons, charcoal, paints and digital apps.
  5.  This competition is a game of skill. Entries will be judged by City of Cessnock Mayor based on presentation, creativity, fit for purpose – represents the entrant’s ideas for a BMX facility and inclusiveness of all riding abilities.
  6.  Entries must be submitted via email to (scan or take a photo of the drawing).
  7.  Entries must be received by 11.59PM (AEDT) on Sunday, 31 October 2021.
  8.  Entries will be retained by Cessnock City Council and will not be returned.
  9.  The chosen entrant winner will be awarded one (1) family season pass (2021/22) to Cessnock and Branxton Pools valued at $386.
  10.  The prize winner will be notified by telephone by 12 November 2021. 
  11.  By entering the competition, unless otherwise advised, entrants voluntarily agree that Council may use their entry on Council publications, including but not limited to documentation, website and social media channels including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Online workshops

We're also inviting the community to participate in two rounds of online workshops.

The first round will be held in October 2021 to provide input into the development of a draft concept plan.

The second round will be held in November 2021 where we will present the draft concept plan to participants for their feedback.

There will be one workshop just for young people.

To register your interest in participating in the online workshops, you can complete the form at the end of the survey or complete this form and we’ll be in touch.

More information

The upgrade of the BMX facility at Carmichael Park forms part of our commitment to a Sustainable and Healthy Environment, a key theme in the Cessnock 2027 Community Strategic Plan.

In 2011, we commissioned a needs assessment that identified the beginner and intermediate sections of the BMX facility require upgrading as well as ongoing regular maintenance. It suggested we need to maximise the potential use of the facility, provide the opportunity for young and inexperienced riders to enhance their skills, and improve the level of safety.

Upgrades to the BMX facility have since been identified in a number of Council’s strategic documents including the Skate & BMX Strategy 2020 and the Carmichael Park Masterplan 2020.

There have also been several Council resolutions and community requests to investigate improvements and upgrades to the BMX facility over the past decade.

We are excited to hear the community views on this and what they want for a BMX facility for the future. We’ll use community feedback to inform the draft concept plan which will recommend dirt or another surface material.

It is important that the BMX facility includes features that our community wants and will use, whether you’re a beginner or more advanced rider. Right now, we are welcoming all ideas.

Yes but what they are and what they will look like will depend on what our community tells us. We are open to all ideas, however, it is unlikely that every idea and suggestion will be able to be included in this upgrade.

We’re open to exploring options for a staged expansion of the BMX facility in the coming years that may be able to include additional features that will keep the facility fun and challenging for the whole community.

Construction of the upgraded facility is dependent on state government funding under the Resources for Regions program. We hope to commence construction in 2022.