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A study into the long term options for the Crest sporting precinct at Bass Hill, including Dunc Gray Velodrome, will be commissioned by the City of Canterbury Bankstown.
The Crest currently caters for rugby league, soccer, cricket, hockey and athletics, as well as roller derby and cycling, which is accommodated in the Dunc Gray Velodrome.
Administrator Richard Colley said, once the study is completed, the results and recommendations will be shared with residents for their feedback.
“There are opportunities to better utilise and operate the existing sportsgrounds as well as explore alternate options for underutilised areas within the Crest area,” Mr Colley said.
Dunc Gray Velodrome, which was constructed by the NSW Government for the 2000 Sydney Olympics, will form an important part of the study as Council will be responsible for its operation from May 2019.
“The velodrome has extremely low utilisation, catering primarily for elite cycling programs conducted by Cycling NSW only, and is currently losing $420,000 a year,” Mr Colley said.
“Unlike other Olympic legacy sites, such as the Archery Centre, Sydney International Regatta Centre and the Sydney International Equestrian Centre, which are financially supported by the NSW Government, the velodrome is not, despite several requests from Council. More recently, the facility was not included in the Government’s NSW Stadia Strategy.
“All this, including the fact we understand the facility requires $4 million worth of maintenance, needs to be taken into account in making a decision on its future.
“Council is facing a very difficult decision and it’s important it is supported by a study of this kind. This facility provided great moments during the Olympics but now, 16 years on, it appears not commercially viable in its present form and without NSW Government assistance.”
11/01/2017 10:28 AM