Velodrome upgrade secures state funding

Velodrome to return: The Esperance Velodrome has been out of use for more than two decades. Photo: Esperance Cycling Club.
Velodrome to return: The Esperance Velodrome has been out of use for more than two decades. Photo: Esperance Cycling Club.

The Esperance Velodrome upgrade is another step closer after the state government awarded the Esperance Cycling Club more than $46,000 in funding for the project.

The grant funding was awarded as part of the latest round of Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund Small Grants program, designed to ensure sporting clubs across WA have the facilities necessary to grow participation.

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The Velodrome has been out of use for more than two decades, with the upgrade expected to cost about $144,500.

Esperance Cycling Club president David Dwyer said the local cycling community was grateful for the state government's support and looked forward to the velodrome redevelopment.

"This facility fell into disrepair however, with the resurgence of cycling on a recreational and competition basis, a restored velodrome adds another dimension to cycling in this region," Mr Dywer said.

"For our club, the facility provides an opportunity to train juniors in a safe environment.

"We look forward to the redevelopment of the velodrome and thank the government for their support for regional infrastructure."

Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray said sporting clubs needed quality facilities to foster the next generation of athletes and that it was important that grassroots clubs be financially supported.

Labor MLC Darren West said he was proud to be part of a government investing in regional sport and supporting local clubs to upgrade facilities was good for the whole community.

Labor MLC Laurie Graham echoed Mr West's sentiments and said sport was central to regional communities.

"Good facilities help provide great experiences and will contribute to more participation and involvement, that's a wonderful outcome," he said.

The CSRFF grants program has two rounds of small grants funding each year.

For more information, or to find out if your sporting club may be eligible, go to https://www.dsr.wa.gov.au/funding/facilities-(csrff)