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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.

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: 

Outcry against velodrome plan

Dandenong Journal: Outcry against velodrome plan. By Cam Lucadou-Wells (24 August 2018)

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.

On track for demolition

Dandenong Leader: On track for demolition (14 August 2018)

Dandenong Leader: On track for demolition (14 August 2018)