Track talks continue

LAUNCESTON City Cycling Club has held discussions with state government representatives over issues arising from its use of the track at the Silverdome.

LCCC president Ian Loft told The Examiner last month that the club wanted government recognition for its role in establishing the cycling track, and talks with the venue controller Sport and Recreation Tasmania over concerns including access and costs.

Club representatives have met with Sport Minister Michelle O'Byrne, SRT executive director Craig Martin and TIS representative Geoff Masters.

They also held separate discussions with Windermere and Rosevears MLCs Ivan Dean and Kerry Finch.

Loft described the talks as positive but said no firm resolutions were achieved.

"In the talks we had we discussed the possibility of working on a strategic plan to develop a partnership with the Silverdome and gain our legitimacy as a cycling club at the venue," he said.

"From our point of view this issue is at the heart of the matter.

"We asked for key access because at the moment we have to pay wages for Silverdome staff to open up and be at the venue while we use it.

"They said they would look into the question of accrediting club volunteers for access to the venue.

"This would be a great saving in cost to the club and help in us having a sense of ownership and belonging at the Silverdome."

Loft said the possibility of the club having its headquarters at the planned Longford track redevelopment was also discussed with a view to developing a centre of cycling at that venue.

"We would still rather have clubrooms at the Silverdome but it was a positive meeting with some hope for the future," he said.

Loft said the two legislative councillors had been supportive of the club's goals and offered to lobby respective ministers after the upcoming state election.

He said the club was yet to receive a response from state opposition members.

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