The Shire of Capel has taken the next step in planning for the ongoing “youth-directed” redevelopment of one if its suburbs with hopes to be approved for more than $75,000 in government funding. Councillors voted to endorse a grant application for $76,667 from the Community Sport & Recreation Facilities Fund at their ordinary meeting last week. The funding would go towards the second stage of the Dalyellup Youth Precinct, specifically targeting the construction of a new pump track specialised towards BMX riders. Alongside the grant application, the council agreed to commit $230,000 from the Shire’s 2022-2023 budget in additional funds towards the Dalyellup Youth Precinct developments. As stated in the Shire of Capel’s ordinary council meeting agenda, the rate of young people’s participation in “the pursuit of BMX and mountain bike riding” has been on the rise over the past decade, with the Shire estimating it will continue for another 20 years. “The worldwide popularity of these pursuits is evidenced by skateboarding (in addition to BMX) being introduced as an Olympic sport in Tokyo 2020,” the agenda notes read. It comes following the Shire’s bid to develop a centralised youth precinct in Dalyellup as it continues to become the highest demographic of families and young people in the region. The current proposal of the second stage of the youth recreation pump track is a proposed a 420sqm facility located next to the Dalyellup Skate Park, which is currently under construction and a “future adventure playground facility”. During the ordinary council meeting on Wednesday, the council voted on the recommendation unanimously with shared support towards the redevelopment and government funding on community projects. Deputy President Sebastian Schiano said if the Shire was unsuccessful receiving the grant from the CSRF fund, the upcoming Federal election would help the Shire’s bid for funding the project. “I feel there should be no objection for applying for a grant, I really get the impression that council is trying to focus in on activating and accessing grants as much as we possibly can,” he said. “If it is unfortunately unsuccessful, I hear there is a bit of money going around in the kitty with a Federal election coming up.” Cr Kieran Noonan seconded the motion with great support. “I look forward to seeing this facility built, and perhaps even see councillor Schiano grace it with his bike,” he laughed. Construction of the pump track is expected to begin in September 2022 after a detailed design phase with selected contractors. The development of the final youth recreation project is envisaged to be completed by June 2023.