Environment Waikato councillors will next week formally consider whether they will endorse in principle the idea of a national cycling centre of excellence facility being based between Hamilton and Cambridge.
Councillors yesterday received a briefing from a joint Waikato-Bay of Plenty bid that is arguing for a new multi-million velodrome to be built in the Waikato, with financial contributions hopefully coming from central and local government, and from a range of private sources.
The bid has been developed after Sport and Recreation New Zealand (SPARC) called for expressions of interest.
EW deputy chairman Simon Friar said the proposal from the two regions was “most interesting”.
“I personally see that establishing such a facility here could provide the region with significant recreational and economic benefits. It would also help foster emerging cycling talent in our regions and nationally.”
At a workshop next week, councillors will discuss whether to formally endorse in principle the bid’s proposal to have a velodrome at the suggested site.
Any such endorsement in principle from EW could then be included in the Waikato-Bay of Plenty proposal to be put to SPARC.