THE Warrnambool BMX Club and Warrnambool City Council (WCC) are locked in a power struggle.
WCC yesterday switched the power off at the club’s BMX track at Jetty Flat. But the club switched it back on.
WCC chief executive officer Bruce Anson said the council had switched off the power because of concerns about public safety.
“Unauthorised electrical work has been carried out at the track and the council, as the land manager for the site, is responsible for ensuring it is safe,” he said.
“I am not prepared to put the community or my staff in danger.
“We hope the club responds to our invitation to resolve this issue.”
However, club president Luke Pretlove said the club was unaware of any unauthorised electrical work at the club.
He said council had recently told the club a planning permit was needed for four lights on the roof above the track’s starting ramp and the club was in the process of applying for one.
However, the council should have known of the need for the permit earlier because it had managed the track’s construction and all its electrical work, he said.
Mr Pretlove said he had the power restored to the track yesterday after receiving advice from a power retailer that the council was not authorised to disconnect it.
“We (the club) pay the power bill,” he said.
“We have a certificate for electrical safety. It’s all been signed off.”
He said power was needed at the track last night to allow club members to train for a state competition in Melbourne this weekend.