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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)
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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.

On track for demolition

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

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