Sporting field push
Local clubs want second multi-use surface at Pioneer Park to support junior activities
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.”