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					                                      Kevin Greene MP
                              Minister for Gaming and Racing
                              Minister for Sport and Recreation
                                     MEDIA RELEASE
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                                                                                             01 November 2008
        NEW CYCLING FACILITIES FOR PORT MACQUARIE
Sport and Recreation Minister Kevin Greene today met with local cyclists at the Port
Macquarie Criterium Circuit to inspect recent track upgrades and the construction still
underway.

Mr Greene was in town for the Country Labor Conference and took the time to inspect the
track during a training session for the Port Macquarie Cycle Club.

“Upgrading and building new sporting facilities is a great way to promote healthy activities
for people of all ages,” he said.

“A $250,000 grant from the NSW Government has seen the track completed while the
construction of carparking, administration rooms, change rooms, canteen and spectator
facilities is well underway.

“These works promote the sport of cycling here in Port Macquarie and provide a
dedicated facility for racing and training programs.

“I have no doubt this is a valuable community resource for the Port Macquarie community.

“Now it acts as an important base for local cyclists to train and compete and in the future
it could be used as a venue for cycling events and attract sports tourists.”

Port Macquarie Cycle Club President David Leigh welcomed the visit.

“Despite our success in producing a long list of regional, state and national champions
from the club in the short 20 years it has been operating, our biggest challenge has
always been to provide a safe yet competitive environment for our members to ride on.

“The combined resources of State and Local Government, together with the foresight and
continuing effort of our members has served to ensure we now have a course that allows
our most junior members to ride and compete without the danger of motor vehicles, as
well as being a focal point for our regular weekly race meetings both summer and winter.”

Mr Greene also encouraged other sporting clubs in the area to consider applying for
grants through the recently announced 2008-2009 Capital Assistance Program.

“Through this program the NSW Government provides grants worth up to $30,000 each
for local government and not-for-profit groups,” he said.

“Applications are currently open but the deadline is fast approaching, on 14 November.

“I strongly urge eligible groups to make the most of this opportunity and start their
application today,” he said.

Application forms are available online at www.dsr.nsw.gov.au or by calling 13 13 02.

				
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