$6 million criterium track proposed for Raceview
A NEW multi-million dollar criterium cycling track is set to be built in Raceview with final funding approval expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
The 1.6km track will be built on a parcel of land at Briggs Rd with Ipswich City Council to provide $1.5 million with hopes the State Government will kick in $1.5 million.
The entire project is worth $6 million but Ipswich MP Ian Berry said the first stage would cost $3 million.
Mr Berry said Minister for Sport Steve Dickson was looking at the project with a decision on the state's funding imminent.
The track will be lit and Mr Berry said there were infrastructure plans in place so that people could ride their bikes to the track from Ripley and Yamanto.
Cr David Morrison said the new track was "an exciting project and would make the Briggs Rd Sporting Complex a very busy and multipurpose sports and recreation reserve".
"There will be a 1.6km loop for a criterium track and we have been working very closely with the cycling community through 24/7 Safe Cycling for the conceptual design we have over that parcel of land," Cr Morrison said.
"The 1.6km track could be divided into two shorter ones so you could have two time trials going on at the one stage - one for juniors and one for seniors.
"There will also be a safe cycling education precinct for children to learn about safety on the roads.
"The reason why the Briggs Rd land ticks all the boxes is because there is already existing infrastructure there that can be used to get this track built.
"There is a car park there and we have an agreement with the hockey club that it can be used by the community.
"The Briggs Rd clubhouse that council has there already can be shared by the cycling community as well."
Mr Berry said the project catered for all.
You might even find him there himself when he has some spare time.
"In fact I have got (Ipswich Councillor) Cheryl Bromage's old bike," Mr Berry said.
"My good friend calls it the yellow lemon.
"But cycling is a good sport for all genders and across all ages.
"Rockhampton produced a lot of great cyclists, but we have our own champion cyclists here.
"The best part about the track being here is that there will be infrastructure where you can ride your bike here and then go for a ride."
Cr Morrison said the State Government wouldn't be disappointed if it granted the council the funding.
"Council is currently waiting on the State Government to evaluate our grant submission, obviously we are hoping for a positive response," he said.
"I can assure the State Government that if council is successful in our submission they will not be disappointed with the proposed outcome."