Environment Waikato councillors have decided to take a “Waikato Inc” approach to two bids seeking to establish a national cycling centre of excellence in the region.
Both a joint Waikato-Bay of Plenty bid – proposing to build a velodrome between Cambridge and Hamilton – and a Taupo bid are due to go to Sport and Recreation New Zealand (SPARC), which has called nationally for expressions of interest in establishing a centre.
“An EW councillor workshop yesterday welcomed the idea of such a centre being developed in our region,” said EW deputy chairman Simon Friar.
“We will provide a letter to each bid outlining our attitude and wishing them every success.
“Ultimately we want what’s best for the Waikato with this idea and are willing to work with a successful bidder.”
However, Cr Friar stressed that EW would have to follow the usual consultation processes if it was asked to consider providing financial support to any successful Waikato bid.