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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.

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.

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

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.

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.