WAGGA is on track to become a cycling capital after the multimilion-dollar cycling complex at Pomingalarna Reserve took an important step forward tonight.
The commencement of the project featuring a new mountain bike and running paths, a new BMX track, a cycling education area, mountain bike playground, a new velodrome and new car parking and barbecues had been pushed back slightly.
However, Wagga councillors endorsed the next stage in the development at its meeting on Monday night where a contract for the design and construction of the facility will now be finalised with Joss Constructions.
Paul Johanson, who is a spokesman for the local cycling groups, said that the five clubs were excited this step has been taken and looked forward to the shovel hitting the ground once designs were complete.
"It will be great to get our teeth into it and start moving it along," he said.
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"We are at a really exciting stage that things have finally been kicked along and it is all systems go now."
Mr Johanson said the Pomingalarna Reserve was a very important community space and this development will be a huge attraction for Wagga, not only for cycling events, but for tourism as well.
Wagga mayor Greg Conkey said the council believes this is a great project for the city and they were determined to make sure it is a first class facility.
"It is nice we have signed off on part of it and hopefully we can attract more funding for the other minor stages," he said.
"It is going to be a great asset for the city .... and we will become the cycling capital for southern NSW with this facility, plus with all our active travel cycleways as well."