Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner is calling for tenders to set the wheels in motion for a $35 million world-class cycling track and potential 2032 Brisbane Olympic and Paralympic Games training venue.
Cr Schrinner said the international-standard cycling track would be built in Murrarie and would inspire young riders into the sport ahead of the Games.
“Council is working with the State and Federal governments to deliver the $35 million Brisbane International Cycle Park at Murarrie Recreation Reserve, which will be an important training venue ahead of the Games,” he said.
“Works are expected to kick off in early 2023 with a 500-metre speed skating track, a multi-purpose clubhouse and the new Union Cycliste Internationale criterium cycling track and carpark upgrade.
“We’re calling for those with experience to show their interest and submit a tender to deliver this once in a lifetime project that will grow Brisbane’s reputation as a world-class cycling city.
“Future opportunities for this cycling destination will include a learn-to-ride facility, BMX track, special track lighting and public amenities including picnic shelters, barbecues and a dog off-leash area.”
Cr Schrinner said the project forms part of the wider Murarrie Recreation Reserve upgrade, informed by community consultation in mid-2019, with plans to transform the area into a premier sport and recreation destination.
“Murarrie Recreation Reserve has long been home to Brisbane’s grassroots cycling events and we’ve consulted with AusCycling, local cycling and speed skating clubs as well as the community on our plans,” he said.
“This investment will pay dividends leading up, during and beyond the Games for local athletes and cyclists, who will get to use these world-class facilities to train at home.
“We expect this facility to also be a major drawcard for Brisbane in the future, attracting cycling groups and visitors looking to host their events in a future Olympic host city that is also the fastest growing capital in the country.”
Applications for the tender can be made via Council’s website and close on 21 September 2022. Council anticipates works to deliver the Brisbane International Cycle Park will be complete by 2024.
For more information, contact Council on 3403 8888.