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by Mark Zalewski
December 10, 2016
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The future of the Dunc Gray velodrome at Bass Hill near Sydney is uncertain as the question of who will continue to pay for hefty maintenance bills is uncertain.
Racing on the Dunc Gray velodrome during the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Like many venues around the world, purpose-built for an Olympics, its use shrank immediately at the conclusion of the Games. After the Sydney Olympics, the government gifted the $42 million velodrome to the local Bankstown Council. The council signed a lease with Bankstown Sports Club to operate the venue, but that lease expires in 2019. The new Canterbury Bankstown Council would then inherit the velodrome.
The annual maintenance cost is estimated at $400,000-$500,000, and another $1 million capital expenditure is expected in the near future.
“Unfortunately, track cycling is a very small sport that requires a very large investment in the venue that you use for it,” said Richard Colley, the administrator of Canterbury Bankstown. “There are a number of options … ranging from a ‘do-nothing through’ to a modification of it, through to the nth degree – which is demolition.”
“Track cycling really needs to be done on an indoor track, in terms of weather conditions and accessibility. To lose this site would end the sport in NSW,” said Phil Ayres, the chief executive officer of Cycling NSW. “If we were to lose this track there would be no indoor track in NSW.”
Click through to read more at the Sydney Morning Herald.