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Question Without Notice No. 610 asked in the Legislative Council on 17 June 2020 by Hon Peter Collier

Minister responding: Hon M.P. Murray
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 17 June 2020

AUSCYCLING — SPORT AUSTRALIA

610. Hon PETER COLLIER to the Leader of the House representing the Minister for Sport and Recreation:

I have my two questions and questions for three other members.

I refer the minister to the move by Sport Australia to develop an AusCycling model for cycling, whereby the sport would be amalgamated at a national level into a single entity and all administration, control and future funding would be centralised in a central office.

(1) Does the minister support the decision by WestCycle not to join this amalgamated body?

(2) If no to (1), why not?

(3) When the amalgamation is finalised, will this have consequences for Western Australian cyclists regarding national and international team selection and funding?

(4) If yes to (3), what are these consequences?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) Yes. This presents a significant risk to the sport of cycling in Western Australia. The model proposed by Sport Australia and AusCycling is to consolidate the entirety of the sport—cycling, BMX and mountain biking—on the east coast. This will potentially include any funding and assets held by WestCycle and all strategic decision-making.

(2) Not applicable.

(3) Yes.

(4) Western Australian cyclists would need to be an individual member of AusCycling to compete in national competitions. The state government understands that there is still an opportunity for WestCycle to fulfil the role as the WA representative of AusCycling so as not to disrupt Western Australian members, but it has been informed that this proposal has been rejected by AusCycling. Without a Western Australian representative body—WestCycle—all critical decisions on athlete pathways and competitions would be made from interstate, without local consideration.