New Multisport Cycling Complex racing ready!
Published: 08 Apr 2022 2:59pm
Wagga Wagga’s new $12 million multisport cycling complex at Pomingalarna Reserve was officially opened yesterday (Friday 8 April).
The complex on the city’s western outskirts caters for competitive and recreational cyclists and features a criterium track, BMX track, jump tracks and pump tracks, cycling education area, velodrome and supporting infrastructure.
Deputy Premier Paul Toole said the NSW Government is committed to helping regional communities develop facilities for sports to thrive.
“The Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund is a key element of the NSW Government’s $1.3 billion investment program to build economies and develop communities across the state,” Mr Toole said.
“Sport provides people in regional communities with a range of invaluable skills and contributes to the development of cohesive, resilient, liveable and strong communities.”
Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said the new complex will enable participation at all levels.
“The cycling trend across the region continues to boom and all cyclists – from beginners to the more advanced – will benefit from the new multisport cycling complex,” Mr Ayres said.
“This complex is the first of its kind in regional NSW and I am thrilled to support this project and encourage heathier, happier and active lifestyles.”
Council worked in close consultation with local First Nations women to ensure the development was respectful and representative of Pomingalarna’s significance to Wiradjuri cultural heritage and with stakeholders to deliver a project that met the sporting needs of the community as well as incorporating the cultural importance of the site into the complex.
Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga Councillor Dallas Tout said the multisport cycling complex provides the Riverina with a world-class venue for elite cycling events.
“The facility has the potential to host regional, state, national and international events in the city which is great for local businesses and the economy,” Cr Tout said.
“We have already had cycling organisations book events at the new complex.
“The facility provides enormous community benefits with local cycling groups and families already putting it to good use as each element has been built.
“The complex offers people of all abilities a place to enjoy all the benefits that cycling offers.
“Having a facility of this high standard along with the Active Travel Plan routes across the city allows Wagga Wagga to be a cycling capital in NSW.”
The project, managed by Wagga Wagga City Council, was funded through a $7 million grant from the NSW Government’s Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund.