Yearly Archive2018

Dandenong Journal: Builder rides to the rescue

Builder rides to the rescue By Cam Lucadou-Wells (6th December 2018)

Adrian Savio, front, with riders Joe Gubatanga, John Inguanti, Kim Nguyen, John Beech, Robert Jamieson and Ryan Koroknai at the Parkfield Reserve track. 188542_01 Picture: CAM LUCADOU-WELLS

A Dandenong builder has emerged as the first major sponsor of a revived cycling club at Maurice Kirby Velodrome.

Adrian Savio, of Savio Projects, has weighed in with cyclists mounting a case for the velodrome’s retention at Parkfield Reserve, Noble Park.

Greater Dandenong councillors are set to decide on 10 December whether the velodrome’s proposed demolition will be delayed until March.

This would give Cycling Victoria and the proposed Noble Park-Dandenong Cycling Club time to prove that cycling at the track was viable.

Mr Savio, a recreational cyclist, has donated $1000 towards the set-up of the club.

It ensures organisers will reach their desired $2000 crowdfunding target.

Kim Nguyen & Craig Eastwood talk to Tom Elliot on 3AW

Kim Nguyen from Save Noble Park Velodrome and Craig Eastwood from Cycling Victoria talk to 3AW Drive with Tom Elliott about City of Greater Dandenong meeting (26 November 2018) impacting the future of Maurice Kirby Velodrome, including discussion of today’s rescission motion.

Saving the Maurice Kirby Velodrome

From Luke Mascioli: In 2002, the Noble Park Velodrome was renamed in honour of Maurice Kirby for his contribution to cycling in Australia. The Velodrome was home to the Noble Park Dandenong Cycling Club as well as the Pedals Club which at its height, had over 50,000 members Australia wide. In this video, Maurice Kirby’s daughter Gayle speaks about his legacy and the injustice it would be to tear down this iconic piece of local history.

Cup Day K’s at Maurice Kirby Velodrome in Noble Park

3CR Community Radio podcast of Cup Day K’s at Maurice Kirby Velodrome in Noble Park.

Listen: YarraBUG Radio Show #518 Monday 12th November 2018

 

On this weeks program, it’s been a painful couple of days in Melbourne, including the deaths of cycling advocate Cameron Frewer (Drive Safe, Pass Wide) and professional rider Jonathan Cantwell.

Last Tuesday saw Cup Day k’s at Maurice Kirby Velodrome in Noble Park, refer to previous program: Saving Melbourne’s cycling history: talking about Maurice Kirby Velodrome (27 August 2018) Despite torrential rain over 40-50 people visited over the day to ride, walk and enjoy this beautiful little gem that is under threat of demolition by Greater Dandenong Council.

Miranda, Tony, David, Marcel, Gisella, Gaye, Abbey, John, Skippy, Robert, Kim, Jeff and Shamsher spoke about their appreciation for the velodrome and reasons why it should be saved, refreshed and retained as part of a reinvigorated Parkfield Reserve Masterplan.

Find out more about the Save Noble Park Velodrome campaign on facebooktwitter, instagram and wordpress and donate to the Chuffed campaign to help start Noble Park Dandenong Cycling Club and retain a local velodrome.

Saving Noble Park Velodrome – Maurice Kirby’s legacy

From Cam Nicholls: The fundraising page for the Maurice Kirby Noble Park Velodrome: Help Us Save Noble Park Velodrome From Demolition

In this video, I will share a story of a local velodrome in Melbourne’s Noble Park area that is currently under threat from the local council. There are proposed plans to bulldoze the Noble Park Velodrome and replace it with sporting grounds.

We go behind the scenes to find out why the Noble Park Velodrome is an important asset to this local Melbourne community and cycling more broadly. Lastly, but certainly not least, Gaye Guest outlines why this cycling velodrome is considered to be a historic icon of Melbourne.

Help Us Save Noble Park Velodrome From Demolition

The Greater Dandenong area needs a cycling club

We need to restart a cycling club to clearly show that our velodrome is not only used, but is appreciated by residents. Having a cycling club without a velodrome is like a football or cricket club without a home ground.

And not just any cycling club. Our area needs bicycle friendly facilities for children, families and everyone to ride, learn skills and importantly, have fun riding a bike!

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But there’s a problem

Currently the existing Maurice Kirby Velodrome (MKV) at Dunblane Road, Noble Park is under threat from immediate demolition by Greater Dandenong Council(GDC). GDC have stated in their Parkfield Reserve masterplan that they believe there is no demonstrated need for the velodrome, as they also think there’s no cycling organisations in the area.

Despite being badly maintained, MKV is required more than ever by the Greater Dandenong community. MKV is almost perfectly round, has no straights, has a gentle gradient and was designed and constructed for children in mind by the community and Noble Park Cycling Club in the early 1960s.

Here’s what we’re going to do

We need to reform the Noble Park Dandenong Cycling Club so we can work together to improve and expand cycling facilities in our area. We need to protect the Maurice Kirby Velodrome, ensure it’s resurfaced, DDA compliant, pavilions upgraded and all groups utilising Parkfield Reserve work together for everyones benefit.

You can join us

To restart a club requires a bit of cash, from getting a website, getting the website hosted, incorporation fees and necessary administration obligations. And we will inform you 100% on what the $2000 fundraising goal is used for.

Here’s why you should support us

You’ll be helping restart a historical cycling club with a huge history stretching back 100 years. You’ll be helping people who feel too intimidated by local roads around South Eastern Melbourne to share the simple joy of riding a bike. You’ll be helping to build a cycling community in Greater Dandenong, including if they ride for fun, transport, sport or training in another sport. You’ll also be helping to sustain the legacy of Maurice Kirby who created the Pedals Club of Victoria, which provided so much fun and enjoyment to children in the 1950s and 1960s.

Thank you,

Kim Nguyen, Greater Dandenong Cycling Initiative
Marcel Lema, Beach Road Cyclist
Chris Star, Yarra Bicycle Users Group

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Olympian Mick Hollingsworth rides Maurice Kirby Velodrome

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Olympian Mick Hollingsworth rides Maurice Kirby Velodrome
Video: Mick Hollingsworth, Kim Nguyen and Marcel Lema having a chat and gentle roll at Maurice Kirby velodrome, Noble Park.

Article: Dandenong Journal: Olympian wheels into velodrome fight

For much of his life, former Olympian cyclist Mick Hollingsworth rode by Noble Park’s Maurice Kirby Velodrome on the way to work.

He cycled to work at a Gillette factory on Princes Highway, not far from the circular track that is under threat of demolition.

He may have had only the occasional lap, but it’s the casual riders – the seniors or the kids learning to ride – that will miss this venue the most, he says.

The mooted demolition by City of Greater Dandenong has activated the local cycling community.

Mysterious disappearing velodrome signage: 2002 and 2018

Take a look at these changes to local wayfinding by Greater Dandenong Council.

Maurice Kirby Velodrome wayfinding circa 2002, image credit: Gayle George

Maurice Kirby Velodrome wayfinding circa 2002, image credit: Gayle George

Parkfield Reserve wayfinding, 3rd September 2018, image credit: Steve Barnett

Parkfield Reserve wayfinding, 3rd September 2018, image credit: Steve Barnett