WHEN a then eight-year-old Ella Winfield submitted a letter to the Southern Downs Regional Council asking for a learn to ride track, she never expected anything to come from it.

But today, two years later, she finally got to ride her scooter in the park of her dreams.

Council officially unearthed the $307,000 Australiana Park Learn to Ride addition today with Minister for Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs Sterling Hinchliffe.

The spark of inspiration that kickstarted the whole project begun when Ella visited the Toowoomba track.

"I thought, 'why couldn't there be one like it in Warwick?' I kept asking mum if we could go back to Toowoomba and she said ' why don't you just ask the Mayor?," she said.

"I never thought an idea of mine would actually happen."

 

Minister for Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs Stirling Hinchliffe and Ella Winfield discuss her achievement.
Minister for Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs Stirling Hinchliffe and Ella Winfield discuss her achievement.

 

Both Mayor Vic Pennisi and Councillor Marco Gliori said the epic track wouldn't exist without Ella's vision for a safer and brighter future.

"I learnt to ride by holding onto the Hill's Hoist clothesline," Cr Gliori said.

"Three days Ella after getting my first bike, I was hurtling across the netball oval and there was one post in the middle, and you guessed it, I couldn't avoid it. I slammed into it, sprung back four metres and woke up literally with a bike across my chest … Ella, you are going to prevent so much of that stuff.

"The idea is important, it's come to fruition and you should be really proud."

"With your words Ella, here we are," Cr Pennisi added.

 

The new unveiled Learn to Ride bike track in Australian Park.
The new unveiled Learn to Ride bike track in Australian Park.

 

The new track will complement the park's BMX track and velodrome and according to Ella, there is already huge buzz about the new space.

"I know a lot of my cousins and friends from school, especially the boys from my class, are interested. I know they can be annoying but I reckon they'll be here," she said.

The 632m concrete pathway with simulated cattle grids, corrugations, a dry creek bed and railway crossing was made possible thanks to a joint initiative of council and the State Government's Works for Queensland Program.

And as for what the young gun wanted in our Rose City next, Ella was already jotting down ideas.

"I'll write more letters and I'll figure it out!"


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