Official inauguration of the Pomingalarna cycling complex in the presence of local politicians, Wiradjuri women and the cycling community | The Daily Advertiser

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WAGGA’s new $12 million multi-sport cycling complex is officially set to meet the sporting needs of the community while respecting the cultural significance of the Pomingalarna Reserve. The multipurpose facility includes a 1.8km criterium track, mountain bike play area, 333m velodrome with lights and additional facilities capable of hosting state-level events – the Olympic Games. This weekend’s Academy will be the first to benefit. The opening of the Wagga Multi-Sport Cycling Complex was watched by those who made the project possible – local politicians, cycling leaders and First Nations women whose consultation was critical to the end result. During Friday’s formalities, Deputy Mayor Jenny McKinnon made special mention of the proud Wiradjuri women present who ensured the development was both respectful and representative of the site’s cultural significance. “A very important part of this was consultation with local First Nations women, as this is a women’s domain,” she said. Ms McKinnon’s speech followed a warm welcome to the country by Aunt Mary Atkinson and two traditional performances by Holy Trinity Primary School’s Dulbinya dance group and musician Luke Wighton. Not only does the site serve as a sports complex, but through negotiations two sites have also been preserved by the council for cultural and ceremonial purposes. Auntie Jackie, who has been recognized for her advisory role, said the complex should be seen as a place of recreation, reflection and heritage at the same time. “When we looked at the project, we looked at Pomingalarna as a whole, not just for cycling,” she said. Stakeholders from Wagga Cycling Club, Tolland Cycle Club, Mountain Bike Wagga, Bicycle Wagga and Wagga Triathlon Club have been eagerly awaiting the completion of the facility – a facility that is expected to attract top level events to the area . While some facilities at the resort were already accessible, Paul Johanson, the chairman of the five cycling clubs that lobbied for the resort, is thrilled to see the end result and the hard work of many community groups coming together. “It’s up to the general public and families to come here even more than the cycling community,” he said. “I was here a few weeks ago, and just to see the kids on the BMX track, riding their scooters, they were having a blast.” The project was funded by a $7 million grant from the New South Wales Government’s Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund. State Member Joe McGuirr was on hand to see the outcome of the investment, which is expected to inject approximately $11.7 million into the local economy each year. “I had two children who cycled when they were very young, and I live opposite the old cycle complex opposite the [The Sportsmen’s Hotel]”, he said. “I’m telling you, take pictures of this here and show it to them to compare it to what they used to run on… They wouldn’t believe it.” Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:


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