Esperance Cycling Club seeks grants to move velodrome project forward

Seen better days: The Esperance Velodrome has been out of use for over 20 years and has suffered severe damage from tree roots, weather and neglect. Photos: Jake Dietsch and the Esperance Cycling Club.
Seen better days: The Esperance Velodrome has been out of use for over 20 years and has suffered severe damage from tree roots, weather and neglect. Photos: Jake Dietsch and the Esperance Cycling Club.

The Esperance Cycling Club is awaiting the outcome of grant applications for the Esperance Velodrome, with a goal to finish upgrading and restoring the facility by September 2019.

The club was already successful in securing a $32,500 Esperance Shire Community Grant and is now working to secure the rest of the funding.

Club vice president Andrew Maccan said the total cost for the project would be around $144,500.

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The club applied for a $50,000 grant from the Sports Australia Community Sport Infrastructure fund, with successful applicants to be announced from November 1 2018 onwards.

The shire has also applied for a state government Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund grant of $66,666 for the project.

Successful nominees for this grant will also be notified in November.

Mr Maccan said at the club’s AGM on Wednesday, September 19, members voted unanimously in support of the project going forward.

“The club will incur a small debt and the committee and the club will continue to promote the velodrome to be used at full capacity and to promote junior cycling,” he said.

The meeting also saw the club establish the Velodrome Sub Committee.

“That Velodrome Sub Committee will see the project through to next September which is when we expect to have it finished, if we get the grants,” Mr Maccan said.

“We will then transition into a more parent based committee, the following year, to drive the junior cycling development and fundraising.”

Mr Maccan said the shire had committed to manage the project for the club to help them get the best price and outcome.

Photo: Esperance Cycling Club.

Photo: Esperance Cycling Club.

The project has also received support and interest from Esperance Senior High School, Esperance Anglican Community School, the Esperance Triathlon Club and the South East Runners.

The Esperance Velodrome has the support from peak WA cycling body WestCycle, who have named the project as part of their longterm plan.

Mr Maccan said the club would not take money from businesses or individuals until government funding was secured.

However, they have accepted a number of sponsorship pledges from businesses.

Club committee member Carmel Creed has organised applications and said works would begin as soon as possible if and when their grant applications were successful.  

“The first thing is clearing bush around the track and getting rid of roots that are coming through,” she said.