Recently there has been a range of communication in relation to AusCycling. “AusCycling” refers the desire of Sport Australia and the three National Sporting Organisations to ‘unify’ the sport of cycling across Australia into a single entity and centralise all administration, control and future funding in a central office. On the 18th of September Sport Australian and the three National organisations will hold a roadshow in Perth and we strongly encourage people to attend to gain a full understanding of the proposal.
WestCycle’s Board, management and representatives of the Western Australian State Government and WA’s cycling community have discussed the “AusCycling” concept at considerable length in recent months.
WestCycle supports the amalgamation of cycling at a National level with the joining of Cycling Australia, BMX Australia and Mountain Bike Australia to create a new, and hopefully a financially sustainable federal model. There are many aspects of the model that we strongly support and feel they address previous issues at a national level. Whilst there are some benefits to the ‘sport of cycling’ the model fails to address the fact that riding a bike is far greater than a sport.
However, based on the current “One Cycling” concept, WestCycle does not support the proposed defederation of cycling in Australia and the removal of State Associations and will not support the relinquishment of our State sovereignty, autonomy or any financial assets as is currently proposed.
WestCycle is unique in cycling governance. No other State has a single representative body. WestCycle represents 30 Member Organisations and Affiliates, 32 directly affiliated clubs, 10,000 members and the wider Western Australia cycling community. We have spent many years bringing the cycling community together in all it’s forms. This is a proven and successful model, one that provides a single voice with strong State based relationships throughout Government and Politics.
The WestCycle model has delivered strong results. WA has the highest per capita of riders of any state in Australia; we also have the highest per capita spend on cycling infrastructure. $10million has recently been committed to new mountain bike trails in Collie; and a further $8 million in Dwellingup. There is planning underway for State level BMX and Criterium racing facilities. Minimum passing distance regulations have been passed and there is more than a hundred million dollars in forward estimates for safe, separated cycle paths.
WestCycle remains open and willing to discuss alternative options under a Federated structure. If AusCycling is to form Nationally, which we hope it does, we see potential for WestCycle to work with this new entity under our current framework.
WestCycle will continue to represent the interests of the broad and diverse riding community in Western Australia and firmly believe it is the clubs, members, volunteers and the broader cycling community that ‘own’ cycling in WA. At this point in time this means we are firmly opposed to the defederation of cycling