Steel-framed ‘monster’ on track for desert kids
Coondle Fabrication owner Matt Murray (right) and apprentice boilermaker Tom Sims assemble a section of BMX track decking they built in Toodyay for East Pilbara’s Punmu Aboriginal Aboriginal Community.
By Frank Panizza
TRAVELLERS approaching Toodyay from Perth may have been puzzled by the steel framed ‘monster’ being built at the rear of Coondle Fabrication’s workshop on the town’s outskirts; it puzzled me so much that I had to investigate.Read more
Coondle Fabrication owner Matt Murray shed light on the project – it is a portable BMX track.
Mr Murray designed the track based on an idea from Toodyay local John Reudavey.
“It’s a prefabricated BMX track built and designed locally for the Punmu Indigenous Community in the far East Pilbara region of WA,” Mr Murray said.
“This is the second project we have built for the community, the first being a water play area for the children.”
Trachoma, or the common term sandy blight, is carried in dust particles.
Apart from the fun and activity that the facility brings, playing in water substantially reduces the children’s risk of contracting the disease.
Visit indigenous.gov.au/news-and-media/stories/cooling-down-western-desert to view the water play project.
“The BMX track will add further wellbeing to the lives of the children of Punmu, something I and my staff are very proud of,” Mr Murray said.
The community’s 60 children will enjoy the health benefits of the track as well as meeting visiting children from nearby communities.
Safety features are an integral part of the design, as well as measures to prevent the use of the track without adult supervision.
Once the track has been completed and transported to Punmu, it will be assembled by community members and the Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation.
The Punmu Community took a proactive approach and sought funding for both projects.
They were successful in getting donations from the Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation, Department of Communities, Keystone Support, RAWA School, Pilbara Meta Maya, Chris Rusten, Quick Chill Electrical and Air Conditioning, Knight Corporate Insurance and Matt Murray.
Coondle Fabrication will also complete a recycling project that will be transported with the BMX track.
This design, fabricated in steel mesh, spells the words Punmu Oval and will be filled with recyclable containers.
“These projects were a little different from our usual metal fabrication work which covers heavy truck body building to a full range of mechanical repairs.
“They were interesting and enjoyable jobs which my crew and I enjoyed being involved with,” Mr Murray said.