Support grows for upgrade

PLANS to transform Kevin Brogden Memorial Velodrome into Queensland's premier racing venue are gathering momentum as support for the proposal mounts.

Bundaberg Cycling Club secretary Jason Templeman helped put the wheels in motion yesterday in a meeting with Minister for Sport Phil Reeves.

“There's been a need for an upgrade for years and there's been talk of doing it for years,” he said. “Now it's time to get it off the drawing board and get it under way.”

Mr Reeves fell short of giving Bundaberg Cycling Club a green light, but has allocated a case officer to the project to help members draft a major facility funding proposal.

The $5 million project would involve demolishing the current WWII-era track in favour of a new world-standard velodrome.

Templeman said the existing velodrome had reached its long passed its use-by-date and must be upgraded to keep up with the growth of cycling in the Wide Bay region.

“It's the only velodrome between Rockhampton and the Sunshine Coast and it's not of the standard that is demanded from it,” he said.

The bitumen surface would be replaced by smooth cement and the velodrome's gradient would be increased from 12 degrees up to 38 degrees.

Mr Templeman said the upgrade would ensure Bundaberg continued to produce world-class riders and enable it to host state, national and international events.

“As it stands it's not up to scratch for holding the higher level of competitions,” he said.

“I think people in the Wide Bay deserve better and we're going to do everything in our power to try and deliver it to them.”

The Bundaberg Cycling Club will work to submit its proposal to the state government in time for the close of major facility funding in March.

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