MEDIA RELEASE: Donnybrook pumped for new track

Published on Friday, 15 October 2021 at 6:45:04 PM

The Shire of Donnybrook Balingup will have a brand-new attraction in the coming months with the construction for a “state of the art” Pump Track set to begin only weeks after the re-opening of the revamped and modernised Donnybrook Apple Fun Park across the road which drew thousands of visitors to the town over the last weekend of the school holidays.

Last year, the Shire of Donnybrook Balingup secured funding under Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Federal Program to fund the Donnybrook Pump Track. Federal MP Nola Marino was on site last week alongside local community members and Common Ground Project Manager Adam Pickup to acknowledge the commencement of the site works.

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino MP said getting shovels in the ground on this Donnybrook Pump Track was important for maintaining jobs and economic growth in Donnybrook.

“Providing recreation for locals especially young people and visiting tourists will continue to support the local businesses.”

The final design for the pump track was released this week after consultation with several local schools and riding groups. The Egan Park site will include a pump track, skills loop, learn to ride track and play nodes as well as a half court. The existing shelter and community building will also be refurbished as part of the project.

Common Ground Trails Director David Willcox said “we have just completed a number of trails in the Collie region and are thrilled start work on the Donnybrook project this week. The Collie-Preston region is fast becoming a popular destination for Mountain Bike enthusiasts and the pump track will be a popular attraction for locals and visitors.”


Shire President Cr Brian Piesse said “the pump track is another exciting project that will contribute to the revitalisation of Donnybrook’s town centre. As the gateway to the Southern Forest and Rivers region to the south and the Great Southern to the east the pump track will provide another drawcard to the town and the broader Shire in addition to the Apple Fun Park, Goods Shed Heritage Interpretive Centre, Golden Valley Tree Park, wineries, walk and cycle trails and the picturesque town centres of Donnybrook and Balingup. Such will attract in excess of 130,000 locals and visitors to these entry free events each year, excluding those who attend the Easter Apple Festival, Balingup’s Small Farm Field day and the  Medieval Carnivale.” 

Not bad for a community of only 6000 residents,” he said.

More information about the project can be found on the Shire website


From left: Common Ground Project Manager Adam Pickup, Shire President Cr Brian Piesse, Shire CEO Ben Rose, Nola Marino MP and local Donnybrook cycling enthusiasts.

As per the Local Government Act 1995 Section 2.8(d) for further information please contact:
Shire President Cr Brian Piesse
Phone: 9731 1141         
Mobile: 0408 471 947       

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