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Perth Track Cycling Hub receives $2.5 million boost

Today the State Government announced a $2.5 million investment to upgrade the Perth Speed Dome, with Western Australia’s only indoor velodrome to receive a full track resurface and a new roof.

The SpeedDome is an important community resource and training venue for clubs, Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) and elite athletes and has assisted in developing WA’s elite, including Melissa Hoskins and Sam Welsford who are over in Brazil ready for the Rio Olympics.

Both Sam and Melissa cut their teeth at the SpeedDome and are now proudly representing Australia, and Western Australia, at the highest level. Melissa and Sam are both competing on the track in the Team Pursuit.  They start their campaigns for gold on Thursday 11th August.

The venue seats 1,500 with facilities catering for 2,300 people and was opened in 1989 and hosted the 1997 UCI World Track Cycling Championships, but it's condition has been deteriorating. The injection of funding today will enable urgent repair and upgrade works to be undertaken.  This will ensure the SpeedDome continues to operate and host national and some international events. 

Cycle Sport Western Australia, Track Cycling WA and WAIS have helped track cycling grow rapidly in the last few years, with almost 30,000 people use the SpeedDome each year. Grass roots, junior and high performance development programs have produced Western Australian athletes who have secured multiple national and world track cycling titles.

WestCycle CEO, Matt Fulton welcomed the investment: “It’s fantastic to see the redevelopment of such an iconic WA Cycling asset. The facilities at the velodrome have fostered some of our state’s best athletes, and today’s investment will ensure future generations have the opportunity to put their best foot forward on the national and world stage”.  

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