Vandals in the velodrome

Vandals in the velodrome COUNTING THE COST: Newcastle Velodrome Trust chairman Neil Robinson says vandalism at the Adamstown track was spoiling a ‘great facility’. Picture: Marina Neil
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COUNTING THE COST: Where a solar panel used to stand. Picture: Marina Neil

COUNTING THE COST: The broken security fence. Picture: Marina Neil

COUNTING THE COST: The cinder block used to break the fence. Picture: Marina Neil

COUNTING THE COST: Inside the canteen. Picture: Marina Neil

COUNTING THE COST: Newcastle Velodrome Trust chairman Neil Robinson. Picture: Marina Neil

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Newcastle Velodrome Trust chairman Neil Robinson

The trust has given up on removing graffiti.

“We’ve got this great facility here, and it is a great facility, but it just attracts this vandalism,” Mr Robinson said.

Neil Robinson inside the canteen. Picture: Marina Neil

“Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve just been hit and hit. They are a determined little bunch; they come in here to destroythe place. It’s almost like it’s payback for putting the fence up.”

Mr Robinson estimated that damage to the venue was more than $25,000.

He said that the trust could not afford to maintain security services at the facility as it was reliant on government funding.

Both the fence and patrols were funded through grant programs.

“For a while we had been successful [in being awarded funding]. Not anymore,” Mr Robinson said.

The trust hopes that drawing attention to the velodrome’s plight will put pressure on government departments to restore funding.

Trust treasurer Craig Chapman said the facility was popular enough to be a worthy recipient of funding.

“The facility has become a hub for people young and old to come and train and ride it should be done in a safe environment,” Mr Chapman said.

“We are hoping to raise awareness to our cause in an attempt to inform our users and government departments of our situation.”

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