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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : October 15 2008
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, October 16, 2008 7 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Weekend of pedal power FIONA BRADY GET on your bike and head to Sydney Olympic Park this weekend for the Festival of Cycling. There is an array of events and activities for ''bikies'' of all ages and fitness levels, as well as spectators. The biggest event is the City of Sydney Spring Cycle which is expected to attract more than 10,000 entrants. The event now includes Ride Blacktown, Ride Liverpool and Ride the Park along with the traditional Ride North Sydney -- all culminating in a festival finish in Olympic Park. To see how the pros do it, check out the NSW Criterium Championship. It brings together Common- wealth, Olympic and World Champion riders and will show- case the creme de la creme of cycling styles. Find out how strong your biceps are by taking part in the NSW Handcyling festival. There's also a BMX Race Spec- tacular, the Australian National Mountain Bike Series and the Triathlon Pink which raises money for breast cancer research. To register or for more infor- mation visit the website at www.festivalofcycling.com.au or phone 9714 7888. Monster ride on track SHIREEN KHALIL Video Online Watch it now at www.innerwestweekly.com.au This is Sydney's premier BMX track at Sydney's premier park ' ' Planning Minister KRISTINA KENEALLY Pro riders Alex Cameron, Frank Penrose and Todd Pascoe at the Monster BMX track at Sydney Olympic Park. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP203155 SYDNEY Olympic Park is now home to a Monster BMX track for people of all ages to enjoy and more importantly, it's free. The new BMX track and Learn to Ride Program for disadvan- taged youth was launched last Thursday by Planning Minister Kristina Keneally. The Learn to Ride Program allows disadvantaged youth from the Auburn Council local govern- ment area to participate in the programs led by the NSW Police Bicycle Patrol Unit at the Monster track. The half-a-million dollar track which took roughly six months to complete was mainly designed by Constable Brett Barnes from the NSW Police Bicycle Unit, his part- ner Geoff Cartwright and included the expertise of Beijing BMX com- petitor Luke Madill. To complement the track, a new BMX club, Sydney BMX Inc, has been created at Sydney Olympic Park to help kids enjoy a healthier, more active lifestyle. Sydney BMX Inc president Neil Cameron said: ''We are excited about working with the Sydney Olympic Park Authority and the local community to grow the sport of BMX in the heart of Australia's largest city.'' Mrs Keneally said the BMX track was ''a great demonstration of all levels of government work- ing together to deliver an exciting facility and a wonderful program that will be a lasting benefit to communities in and around Sydney Olympic Park, greater Sydney and indeed NSW''. Sydney Olympic Park Authority CEO Alan Marsh said the Com- munity Learn to Ride Program gave local youth the chance to learn from positive role models and to be active in the community. Mrs Keneally told the Inner- West Weekly the new track might target Australia's next BMX Olympians. ''This is Sydney's premier BMX track at Sydney's premier park and I believe having a facility like this makes it a lot easier to find future Olympic champions and is a great opportunity for kids in Sydney,'' she said. This weekend the Mountain Bike Australia season kicks off at the new track with five national races between October and March. Expect some of the best downhill riders and appearances from BMX Beijing Olympians Jared Graves, from Toowoomba, and Luke Madill, from Sydney. For more information visit www.mtba.asn.au accent >> on Burwood projects Henley Park off-leash area 2 Conder St. Burwood Phone: 9911 9911 www.burwood.nsw.gov.au Your Community News from Burwood Council 2246351i iww wk16 will improve residents' lifestyles and the amenity and attractiveness of our municipality. Message from the Mayor I am happy to announce that after extensive community consultation Council is about to open the new fenced off-leash area in Henley Park, on the former bowling club site. This is a great location for dogs to be exercised off the lead. It's spacious, fenced, and it will include benches, water taps, trees, bins and disposable bags. But there's good news for other park users too: Council is also looking at the remaining grassed area which could be soon re- styled into a kids' playground, complete with soft turf and shade structure. Enjoy! My two dogs, Hedwig and Freya look forward to meeting you and our four legged friends at this great new off-leash area. Water taps will ensure dogs can cool down after exercising. Our fun bins encourage residents to be responsible dog owners and clean up after their pets p Cr Lesley Furneaux-Cook
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