Work has officially commenced on construction of Wagga Wagga’s new $9.2 million multisport cycling complex thanks to the NSW Nationals in the state government.

The complex at Pomingalarna Reserve on the city’s western outskirts will cater for competitive and recreational cyclists and feature a criterium track, jump tracks and pump tracks, cycling education area, velodrome and supporting infrastructure.

The project, which is being managed by Wagga Wagga City Council, is funded through a $7 million grant from the NSW Nationals in the state government’s Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund and is one of 21 projects in regional NSW to benefit from $100 million in spots infrastructure funding.

Local NSW Nationals MLC Wes Fang said the cycling complex would provide the Riverina a world-class sport and recreation venue for people of all abilities.

“The Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund invests in projects that ensure regional NSW has a network of spaces and places that enable participation in sport and active recreation at all levels,” Mr Fang said.

“With sport and active recreation a key part of the Riverina lifestyle, the Wagga Wagga Multisport Cycling Complex will provide a venue that will allow the community to enjoy all the benefits that cycling offers.”

The multisport cycling complex is an example of the NSW Nationals’ commitment to improving the quality and quantity of sports venues in regional NSW. With 300 jobs created during construction of the complex, this project will also boost local employment as the region recovers from the impacts of COVID-19 on the local economy.

The Wagga Wagga Multisport Cycling Complex is scheduled for completion in mid-2022.