Sport­ing field push

Lo­cal clubs want sec­ond multi-use sur­face at Pi­o­neer Park to sup­port ju­nior ac­tiv­i­ties

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - BYJUSTIN JENVEY jjen­vey@ne­me­

A GROUP of sport­ing clubs have ap­proached Alpine Shire Coun­cil about cre­at­ing a mul­tiuse field at Bright’s Pi­o­neer Park.

A large, mostly un­der­utilised open space be­tween the foot­ball ground and ten­nis courts is seen as the ideal lo­ca­tion for an ad­di­tional play­ing sur­face at Bright’s main sport­ing com­plex.

On June 4, Alpine Shire Coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives in­clud­ing mayor Ron Janas, as­sets di­rec­tor Will Jeremy and four other coun­cil­lors heard from sev­eral sport­ing clubs.

The meet­ing was prompted by Kel­lie Gray who is in­volved with both the Bright Ju­nior Foot­ball Club and Alpine Lit­tle Ath­let­ics.

The ju­nior foot­ball club hopes to play matches on the same day as se­nior foot­ball and net­ball and a sec­ond oval would al­low as many as six games to be held on the same day.

The cur­rent home of Lit­tle Ath­let­ics is at Bright P12 Col­lege on a track that is not the cor­rect length and a sur­face, which at most times of the year, is of poor qual­ity.

The Bright Soccer Club is an­other party with a great deal of in­ter­est in the con­cept hav­ing also used the Bright P12 Col­lege oval for many years.

Ms Gray said a multi-use sport­ing field would greatly ben- efit ju­nior sport in the town.

“There are a lot of peo­ple that think this is very much needed and it’s an idea that many have had for a long time,” she said.

“Lit­tle aths, ju­nior footy and soccer not only at­tract kids from Bright but sur­round­ing towns, Pore­punkah, Wandiligong, Free­burgh, Har­ri­etville and Eurobin.

“They’re also all sports with a large and grow­ing num­ber of par­tic­i­pants.”

The iden­ti­fied space is some­times used by the Alpine Adult Rid­ing Club and Bright Pony Club and has been the main arena for Spar­tan Race and the camp ground dur­ing the Thule B24 bike race.

Alpine Shire Coun­cil di­rec­tor as­sets Will Jeremy said an out­come wouldn’t be de­liv­ered overnight, but he does feel it’s a pro­posal that could be achiev­able.

“We’re happy to work with sport­ing groups to try and get a good un­der­stand­ing of the scope of what they want and the po­ten­tial users,” he said.

“The key thing for me is what kind of up­grade to the sur­face we would need to do to al­low ath­let­ics or foot­ball to take place.

“At the mo­ment we haven’t got a lot of de­tail but once we re­ceive in­for­ma­tion from each po­ten­tial user group on field di­men­sions we can get some­one to do a cost es­ti­mate.

“From there con­ver­sa­tions will re­ally start and an en­gage­ment process with the com­mu­nity and coun­cil­lors could be­gin.”

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