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MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

Welcome to the Christmas edition of WestCycle Member News for 2018. What a year it has been in the world of cycling.

Firstly, in May WestCycle announced our partnership with Subaru Wangara which is benefiting all of cycling in WA and providing our members with access to a unique sponsorship platform.

We also saw three of WestCycle’s member organisations come together for the York Cycling Festival. Members of Bicycling Western Australia, CycleSportWA and West Coast Master Cycling Council rode and celebrated together in what was a historical occasion for bike riding in Western Australia.

Advocacy has played a major role in our last 12 months and whilst our style of advocacy may not always be public or considered as traditional ‘lobbying’ it is working. Historical levels of infrastructure spending, legislation changes, facility planning and development are all testament to the approach. Times have changed and advocacy is delivered through partnership and collaboration, not controversy. We have a seat at the table with all the key State Government Departments, Local Governments and all sides of politics. We work hard behind the scenes to deliver change and focus firmly on the end result we are trying to achieve.

This year Western Australia played host to two National level events, BMX National Championships and the Junior Road National Championships. The BMX Nationals were held in Bunbury on the 20-25 of March and attracted a large number of interstate competitors and spectators to the region.

The Junior Road Nationals were also held in Bunbury on the 21-23 of September, this was the first time in over 20 years that WA has held a National Road event. The Junior Road Nationals Showcased 220 of Australias best under 15 and 17s athletes and was a great opportunity to show off all WA has to offer. This event has received positive feedback from those who attended.

Earlier this year we launched MTBWA, at Rounds 5 and 6 of the Cross-Country National Series in Pemberton. MTBWA is a consumer-facing MTB brand that aims to provide a gateway to mountain biking experiences. One of the key objectives of MTBWA is to raise the profile of mountain biking in Western Australia. Throughout the year we have seen this begin and it 2019 we will continue to work on raising awareness for mountain biking in all its forms.

2019 promises to be a year of progression for cycling. The way our Members, Affiliates and Clubs have embraced our priorities for the next 12 months has been refreshing. The positive feedback is a testament to an aligned cycling community who are all on a journey with the same overarching goal of making cycling better in all its forms and creating cycle-friendly communities.

We are looking forward to 2019 and all it brings and I thank you for your support in 2018.

Happy holidays and happy riding

Matt Fulton

WestCycle CEO

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