THE Leongatha Cycling Carnival could roll back into town next
year with the Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry leading
the charge and meeting next Monday, April 23 to further discuss
Chamber vice president Anthony Walls said the team was working
towards bringing back the once iconic cycling carnival that
attracted huge crowds of more than 6000 people to the Leongatha
velodrome for 29 years from 1979 to 2007.
Coordinated by Leongathas Terry Watchorn, the cycling carnival
became one of South Gippslands premium events and one of the
biggest velodrome events in Australia.
The event attracted 52 world, Commonwealth Games and Olympic
gold medallists over the years, including Anna Meares, Shane Kelly,
Gary Neiwand, Stephen Pate, Brett Aitken, Scott McGrory and many
Also around 94 Australian and state champions raced at Leongatha
over that period.
The cycling carnival not only attracted many world and
Australias best cyclists, but was also a huge social event on the
Gippsland calendar that saw people travel from all parts of the
state to attend.
We will have the first formal meeting next Monday, April 23 to
discuss that further, Mr Walls said.
At this stage we are aiming for a return in February 2019, but
it may not happen until 2020.
Collaboration with other community groups and organisations is
high also on the chamber committees list of priorities.
Mr Walls said the group is already working together with the
Rotary Club of Leongatha and is looking forward to working with
more groups and sporting clubs in the future.
The chambers AGM will be held in a few months.
We have got some really good people who want to put in a lot of
time and effort. We are trying to create a really positive feel
around the town, Mr Wall said.
There are a few new businesses that have recently come to
Leongatha and are thriving and have become a great support to the
chamber as well.
We want all the shops filled and all businesses to succeed.
The chamber is aiming to become the Leongatha Business
Association in the coming months, in an effort to give the
organisation a fresh start.
Mr Walls said the rebranding became necessary, as people were,
and still are confused as to what the chamber does and what it
We have a new look committee and a lot of new members who are
willing to contribute their great ideas, he said.
The new name says simply who and what we are. We want to get
every business in Leongatha on board, not just retailers.
The name change will come with a fresh new logo as