Council puts wheels in motion to allow Dubbo Cycle Club race

CITY hall will allow a Dubbo sporting club to use some of its roads again this year - as long as it will not be liable for any multimillion-dollar action resulting from a race.

Dubbo Cycle Club gained permission to conduct its 2013 racing season on four roads in the local government area this week, subject to conditions.

Dubbo City Council's approval depended on one of its officers sighting a copy of the club's public liability insurance policy for a minimum sum of $20 million.

The document must specifically note that the council and NSW Police are "indemnified against any action resulting from the cycle race".

The cycle club had to ride through some hoops for its juniors and seniors to race along parts of Sheraton, Burroway, Mogriguy and Wongarbon/Westella Roads.

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) guidelines that help applicants through the process stated a special permit was needed from the police to conduct a cycle race on public roads.

The club's request was categorised as a class 2 under the guidelines, council technical support manager Jock Smith said in his report to the council.

The senior competition would run on either Saturday afternoons or Sunday mornings from March 2 until December 1, he said.

It would be held on the Burroway, Mogriguy and Wongarbon/Westella roads, which were considered to have low traffic with minimal impact on the road network.

The junior competition on Sheraton Road south of Sportsworld would be on Sundays from 12 to 4pm for the same period. Local residents and quarry development had supported the club's program in the past three seasons with no adverse impacts on access, Mr Smith said.

The club had provided an event management plan, which incorporated a traffic control plan for road races on roads with speed zones above 60km/h.

Mr Smith recommended approval subject to conditions, one of which was the club submit all appropriate documentation accepting the conditions before final approval was granted. The council passed the recommendations on Monday, ahead of the start of the season at the weekend.

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