Wheels in motionfor cycling track

DEVELOPMENT work has commenced for the construction of a new cycling velodrome at Toormina.

Delayed by a variety of factors over the years, the new velodrome replaces the archaic track at Brelsford Park and Coffs Harbour cycling is hoping that the new velodrome will see a rejuvenation of interest in the sport.

The end of year 2004 gives Coffs Harbour Sports Advisory Council a great opportunity to consider where they are headed in 2005, and so next week's meeting is strongly recommended for all delegates.

The bi-monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday at the CHCC Sports Unit, 169 Rose Avenue, commencing at 5.30pm.

The annual meeting and general meeting in October left plenty of issues for 2005, while in recent weeks, further matters have arisen that need a considered and consensus app-roach.

There's certainly plenty of good news, including the appointment of the new manager of the CHCC Sports Unit, Ben Paine who starts work on Monday replacing Craig Gibson.

Other matters of interest in the area of administration include an update on possible plans for the civic precinct redevelopment of Brelsford Park, a discussion on Jetty Oval and a possible move for the Aquajet, and an approach to COFFSAC as a possible commercial development partner.

However, not all is good news, and the continuing problem of vandalism at local sporting venues once again requires some action.

The social problem of graffiti has already received some attention in the press, with sporting venues having been long-term sufferers of that social ill.

Sheer vandalism at Brelsford Park has reared its ugly head, with smashed bottles and rubbish interfering with the progress of cricket there in recent weeks.

CHCC has tried to instigate both preventative and cleaning action, but with only limited success.

"Sporting participants and ratepayers alike should be aware that CHCC grounds are meant to be glass bottle free," COFFSAC president Phil Crofts said.

"While many grounds, including Brelsford Park and Fitzroy Oval are alcohol free zones, I urge people to please contact CHCC, their Rangers, or the police, if you are aware of people infringing."

Crofts was returned as COFFSAC president at the October annual general meeting with secretary Lorraine Drew, vice-president Ken Robinson and treasurer Bruce Barnier also elected to office.

All -in- all, next Wednesday's meeting has plenty to discuss, and a healthy attendance is encouraged.

Members should note that membership subscriptions for 2005 are now due.

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