Wollongong City Council has temporarily closed Helensburgh Mountain Bike Park as a precautionary measure to allow for further investigation into the makeup of soil material on the site’s dirt tracks.
Council know’s this park is well-loved by the community and enjoyed by riders of all ages and the decision to close the park is not one it takes lightly.
While the land is managed by Council, this site is operated under licence by Helensburgh Off Road Cycle Club (HORCC).
Council said it’s working with the Club’s volunteer members and want to see the park back in operation as soon as possible.
The park was closed on Thursday 4 May after concerns were raised with Council that there may be Asbestos Containing Material in the soil that has been used to form the jumps and potentially the surrounding tracks.
The information had been provided to Council by representatives from the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service who had confirmed the presence of Asbestos Containing Material within a recently installed dirt jump structure on their adjoining land.