Cyclists and users of the Elliminyt Recreation Reserve are set to benefit from an improved velodrome surface with the completion of a series of upgrades to the track.
Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said “the resurfacing of the track and upgraded drainage would improve the safety and amenity of the track.”
“The completion of the project will also provide opportunities for the Colac Cycling Club to host more frequent and larger events – attracting participants from across the region,” said Mr Tehan.
“The development of this facility as a regional facility and its upgrade will provide lasting economic benefits to the Colac community,” said Mr Tehan.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government’s $320,000 investment in vital regional infrastructure would provide long term benefits to south-western Victoria.
“The Morrison Government are committed to ensuring the future of our rural and regional communities, with the redevelopment of the Colac Velodrome being just one example of our job-creating infrastructure investment pipeline delivering a real boost to the regions.”
Colac Otway Shire Mayor Councillor Kate Hanson said investing in cycling facilities in Colac was valuable for the entire region and encouraged community participation in sport.
“The resurfacing of the velodrome was identified as a high priority in the recently developed Elliminyt Recreation Reserve Master Plan,” Cr Hanson said.
“The new surface provides cyclists with safer off-road cycling options for both fitness and teaching young children how to ride. The upgraded surface will also allow the cycling club to use the facility for track cycling training and competition, and potentially attract new members to the club and new people to the sport.”
This project received $320,000 in funding from the Australian Government under the Community Development Grants programme, with the Colac Otway Shire Council contributing $71,930.