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Published: 2011-02-10 00:00:00

Environment Waikato councillors have decided to take a “Waikato Inc” approach to two bids seeking to establish a national cycling centre of excellence in the region.

Both a joint Waikato-Bay of Plenty bid – proposing to build a velodrome between Cambridge and Hamilton – and a Taupo bid are due to go to Sport and Recreation New Zealand (SPARC), which has called nationally for expressions of interest in establishing a centre.

“An EW councillor workshop yesterday welcomed the idea of such a centre being developed in our region,” said EW deputy chairman Simon Friar.

“We will provide a letter to each bid outlining our attitude and wishing them every success.

“Ultimately we want what’s best for the Waikato with this idea and are willing to work with a successful bidder.”

However, Cr Friar stressed that EW would have to follow the usual consultation processes if it was asked to consider providing financial support to any successful Waikato bid.