Monthly ArchiveAugust 2018

Historical photos of Noble Park & Dandenong Amateur Cycling Club at Dunblane track

Many thanks to Phil Stevens for sending these four great images of Noble Park & Dandenong Amateur Cycling Club and the Dunblane track from 1979 – 1982.

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Debate rages on velodrome fate

Dandenong Journal: Debate rages on velodrome fate. By Cam Lucadou-Wells (31 August 2018)

Greater Dandenong Council has defended its plans to demolish a Noble Park velodrome named after sport legend Maurice Kirby.

The council had come under fire from cyclists, Cycling Victoria and Mr Kirby’s affronted family – the latter of which had not been consulted on the demolition.

Recently, the council made overtures to negotiate with Mr Kirby’s daughter Gayle George.

It has offered to reinstate a mysteriously-disappeared sign that recognised the former sport broadcaster and Pedal Club founder at the site.

We need your help to save the historic Maurice Kirby Velodrome in Noble Park

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City of Greater Dandenong has put out plans to demolish the historic Maurice Kirby Velodrome to make way for an additional soccer field.

The historic velodrome was built between 1954-1955 and named after Maurice Kirby, a Noble Park resident who started the Pedal Clubs of Victoria which reached 50,000 members strong.

He was also a well known sports commentator for 3XY radio and Channel 9.

This is the only velodrome remaining in the region and the City of Greater Dandenong have no plans to resurface, rebuild or replace the historic venue.

Dandenong Council Provide Answers on Why They Want to Remove the Historic Maurice Kirby Velodrome

Cr Matthew Kirwan asks several questions received by him from the public about future of Maurice Kirby Velodrome at the general meeting of Greater Dandenong Council on Monday 27 August 2018. We are dissapointed in the response given that characterizes the velodrome as a facility that is not worth saving for the benefit of the local community and the region as a whole.

Kim Nguyen talking on Macquarie Sports Radio: 26 August 2018

Kim Nguyen, a local cyclist, talks to Macquarie Sports Radio on Weekend Afternoons with Clinton Maynard & Craig Willis about Saving Noble Park Velodrome, Maurice Kirby’s career as a 3XY sports broadcaster, the Pedals Club of Victoria and why saving this historic velodrome from certain demolition by the City of Greater Dandenong on behalf of all the velodrome’s user, is important for not just Noble Park, but also for all cyclists in Melbourne’s South Eastern suburbs.

Saving Melbourne’s cycling history: talking about Maurice Kirby Velodrome

On this weeks Yarra Bicycle Users Group program on 3CR, Chris interviews Kim Nguyen, a resident in Melbourne’s south-east about discovering a Noble Park velodrome with a big history.

Listen to the podcast: 

Who was Maurice Kirby?

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So who was Maurice (Maurie) Kirby? Read the Kirby’s family account below of the larger than life sporting legend and local resident of Noble Park.

“Angus Burrows came from Neerim South sometime before 1915 and established the bakehouse, along with two shops and residences in Leonard Avenue, Noble Park.

Mr. Burrows’ wife died and he remarried. His daughter, through a broken marriage could not support her young son, Maurice, and fostering was considered. The solution was for the grandparents to adopt him.

Velodrome or soccer fields?

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City of Greater Dandenong has put out plans to demolish the Historic Maurice Kirby Velodrome to make way for an additional soccer field.

The historic velodrome was built between 1954-1955 and named after Maurice Kirby, a Noble Park resident who founded the Pedal Clubs of Victoria which reached 50,000 members strong. He was also a well known sports commentator for 3XY radio and Channel 9 tv station.

This is the only velodrome remaining in the region and the City of Greater Dandenong have no plans to resurface, rebuild or replace the historic venue.

Parkfield Reserve Draft Master Plan

The masterplan released by the council can be seen below.

Point 3 reads: “Demolish the existing velodrome and expand the existing cricket oval”. If you look at the masterplan carefully, it is clear the historic velodrome is mainly removed to make way for an additional soccer ground.

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Outcry against velodrome plan

Dandenong Journal: Outcry against velodrome plan. By Cam Lucadou-Wells (24 August 2018)
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Riders John Inguanti, David Koroknai,Kim Nguyen and Alan Giang at the velodrome.

The daughter of Noble Park sports legend Maurice Kirby has spoken out against draft plans to demolish a velodrome named in his honour.

Gayle George told Star News the family was not consulted by Greater Dandenong Council, which had proposed to remove the Parkfield Reserve cycling track for a shared cycling path, soccer fields and cricket nets.

“The first I heard of it was when I was recently messaged on Facebook.

“I was very disappointed.”

Her larger-than-life father Mr Kirby ran a cycling shop in Noble Park, was a sports caller and set up the enormously popular Pedals Club for hundreds of children in the 1950s.