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Launceston Cycling Velodrome

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20 March 1985

Senator Peter Rae, Shadow Minister for Finance. THE SENATE

No. 14 /85

"The Launceston Cycling Velodrome must be given preference as

the permanent headquarters for the Australian Institute of

Sport's centre for the development of amateur cycling", the

Shadow Minister for Finance, Senator Peter Rae, said in the

Senate last night.

Senator Rae was seeking bi-partisan support from the Senate for

a favourable decision by the Government to implement the

preference of the Australian Institute of Sport for the use of

the Launceston Velodrome as Australia's cycling centre.

Senator Rae criticised the proposal of the Australian Amateur

Cycling Federation to build a new velodrome in Adelaide as an

alternative to the use of the existing velodrome which has just

been constructed in Launceston, and the preference expressed by

Australian national cycling coach, Mr Charlie Walsh for the

headquarters to be situated in his hometown of Adelaide.

"The Launceston Cycling Velodrome, the Lake Barrington

international standard rowing course, and the Kingston Baseball

Diamond, were all established with funds from the former Liberal

Federal Government and from the State Liberal Government for the

provision of international sporting facilities in Tasmania, as

part of an overall programme which the Liberal Government

introduced for international standard facilities spread

throughout the nation."

Tasmanian Labor Senator Aulich supported Senator Rae and the

Minister in charge of the debate, Senator Ryan, undertook to

ensure the Senate's views were put to the Minister for Sport,

Recreation and Tourism, Mr Brown.