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Velodrome set for No.1

Sean Cox is pictured training on the Kevin Brogden Memorial Velodrome in Bundaberg. Plans are under way to redevelop the facility into one of the leading cycling complexes in Australia.
Sean Cox is pictured training on the Kevin Brogden Memorial Velodrome in Bundaberg. Plans are under way to redevelop the facility into one of the leading cycling complexes in Australia.

Plans are being made to transform Kevin Brogden Memorial Velodrome into Queensland’s No.1 cycling venue.

Bundaberg Cycling Club secretary Jason Templeman has put the wheels in motion and estimates — with all going to plan — that Bundaberg will have Queensland’s premier velodrome within three years.

The upgrade would allow the Rum City to host state, national and international fixtures and continue the rich history built since it was established in 1892.

The multimillion-dollar proposal would see the current track — built in the 1940s — scrapped, with a 250m velodrome built inside it and new administration, grandstand and change rooms surrounding it.

“It all depends on the funding we can receive,” Templeman said.

“And we’ve been talking to the people in the know and things are looking promising.”

Honorary Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) vice-president, Australian Ray Godkin, has already had talks with the association, while three tiers of government will be approached for funding.

Templeman said the first application would be lodged in March, with a view to have the entire project completed within five years.



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