Wednesday, 9 October 2013
Kardinia Ward Councillor Bruce Harwood welcomed the Victorian Government announcement of funding for a new pavilion at the Geelong Criterium Circuit.
Cr Harwood said Council had received news today that their grant application for $466,000 for the pavilion had been successful. The City will contribute a further $934,000 to build the $1.4 million state of the art facility.
The Geelong Criterium Track is a 2.2km facility that was constructed in 2010. The track is open to the public and hosts local and regional cycling events.
“"This very welcome news reinforces the important partnerships between the Council and the State Government,” said Cr Harwood.
“Council funded the feasibility study from the Community Priority Fund after extensive consultation with the Geelong Cycling Club.”
“Through the study the State Government has now recognised the community value of the project and has made a significant contribution to the further development of the pavilion."
“The idea is that the new pavilion will further boost the criterium as our region’s home for cycling, creating a central hub for this rapidly growing past-time.”
“As well as providing social and administrative facilities for cyclists, the pavilion will be used to deliver core education programs for the community and address bike safety issues.”
“The existing facilities at the Barwon Valley Activity Centre provide a fine short term solution, however a purpose-built pavilion is needed to increase usage of the criterium circuit, and cycling participation in general.”
“As a keen cyclist I am particularly pleased to hear today’s announcement, and I know the growing population of cyclists in the Greater Geelong region will be very glad as well,” said Cr Harwood.