We need a new athletics track at Narrabeen

Addressing a public rally of several hundred athletes and parents at the Narrabeen Athletics track on Saturday, I called for its urgent upgrade.

In October, many residents reached out to me regarding the perilous state of the synthetic athletics track at Narrabeen. The athletics track is in such a state of disrepair that it’s putting our athletes at risk of serious injury. I launched an online petition calling for the upgrade of the athletics track – www.fairshare4thebeaches.org.au. So far, the online petition has received nearly 1,000 signatures in a really short space of time.

I cannot believe for a moment that the track is fit for purpose. The wear and tear and pot holes in the track are so deep that children are falling in, never to be found again. I suspect that every missing pet around Narrabeen has fallen in one of the chasms on the athletics track.

This track must be fixed now and I will be writing to the NSW Minister for Sport calling for a meeting about this issue and immediate action. We cannot let our athletes be at risk of injury any longer. Our community gives so much and asks for so little. The people of the Northern Beaches deserve their fair share of Government funds.