Sebastopol's state-of-the-art BMX facility at the Marty Busch Reserve may be closed to the public if "disrespectful" vandalism and misuse continues.
Ballarat Sebastopol Cycling Club's BMX president Robert Pompe said since the track opened last year, volunteers had been trying to minimise damage to the all-weather surface - one of the first to be installed in Victoria.
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Unfortunately, despite signs asking only bikes use the track, Mr Pompe said multiple skid marks from what appeared to be RC cars, as well as chipping to the surface from scooters, was causing officials to rethink the track being open to the public.
"Locking the track would be the ultimate thing to stop that (damage) - it locks out the community and families coming down to do the right thing," he said.
"It's unnecessary, it wrecks the track, and now that we've got the surface we have, it wrecks their (RC) cars too.
"When we turn up there's smashed bottles all over the track, and signs that have been burned."
Mr Pompe said about half a million dollars had gone into the track's redevelopment, with council installing lights for night meets this year.
"Some damage is part of racing, that's what the club's for, but the extra stuff - little things we can contend with, I'm okay with that, kids are kids, and we've been lucky indirectly with no graffiti on the track and minimal willful damage, but we don't want to have to do anything extra."
Any damage to the track means resurfacing, which means reattaching the sand on the top with glue and repainting - this gets expensive quickly for a club that relies on volunteers.
The broken glass is worse, as it's a threat to bikes and riders.
"To clean off the glass, sweeping it off isn't enough, there are still shards, so we have to get the hose out and really wash it off," Mr Pompe said.
"One or two smashed bottles, it happens, but if you come in and 80 per cent of the track's got smashed glass on it, that's disappointing."
City of Ballarat councillor Des Hudson called on the community to support the club and keep an eye out for any wrongdoing.
"It's really tragic for the club , they've put a lot of time and effort, and a lot of hard work, in to improve the facilities," he said.
"It's really disappointing when people who are motivated to cause damage don't understand these are their assets - they'd be unlikely to do this damage to their own things at home, but why, as a resident, and co-owner, do they see the need to destroy public property."
He said council's budget for incidental repairs could only stretch so far.
"The cost to the city is somewhere between $250,000 and $400,000 (each year), which covers graffiti removal from council- owned assets as well as repairing damage to facilities as well," he said.
"$400,000 is another playground a community doesn't get access to, or new facilities not being built, because we have to go back and reinvest for minor damage to public property."
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Mr Pompe said the club was looking into other options as well, including more CCTV.
"It's frustrating, it's annoying, and it's disrespectful," he said.
"Maybe we could set up an RC track here separately, or maybe there's an area in Victoria Park - all these guys want is somewhere to go."
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