End goal clearer for show­grounds

Alpine Observer - - News - BY TATE SPI­TERI

THE way for­ward is now much clearer for the Myrtle­ford Show­grounds af­ter the com­ple­tion of a strate­gic plan.

Con­sul­tant Su­san Benedyka handed the com­peted plan to Myrtle­ford Recre­ation Re­serve chair­man Alan John­ston at the Show­grounds last week.

The strate­gic plan was funded by the Into Our Hands Foun­da­tion and was un­der­taken through a se­ries of con­sul­ta­tions and work­shops in­volv­ing all the cur­rent per­ma­nent clubs and sport­ing bod­ies.

It sets a roadmap for the fu­ture de­vel­op­ment of the re­serve to im­prove in­fra­struc­ture, cre­ate new fa­cil­i­ties and up­date ex­ist­ing build­ings and are­nas.

Alan John­ston said the plan now gave a clear way for­ward whilst il­lus­trat­ing pri­or­i­ties for the work to be done.

“A work­ing group will now set about seek­ing fund­ing from lo­cal, State and Fed­eral sources as projects are iden­ti­fied and planned,” Mr John­ston said.

“The next step is for us to seek fund­ing to ap­point a con­sul­tant to help us de­velop a mas­ter plan which will set out pri­ori­tised list of works, a fund­ing plan and a con­sul­ta­tive frame­work for keep­ing all our users and sup­port­ers in­formed of where we are up to and what is still to be done.

“The sup­port re­ceived from our res­i­dent groups, ser­vice clubs and lo­cal com­mu­nity, espe­cially from the Into Our Hands Foun­da­tion has en­abled the re­serve com­mit­tee to un­der­take the strate­gic plan.”

Mr John­ston said the process of de­vel­op­ing the re­serve into a highly at­trac­tive sport­ing and recre­ational com­mu­nity as­set for the whole of the Myrtle­ford could now be­gin.

Myrtle­ford Recre­ation Re­serve sec­re­tary Alan Gar­side said a strate­gic plan greatly helped fund­ing chances.

“If you don’t have a strate­gic plan you have no hope,” he said.

“We now know what we want as well as coun­cil, the com­mu­nity and all our users.

“Each of our user groups will get a copy and it will be all sys­tems go.”

Mr Gar­side said the show­grounds had enor­mous po­ten­tial.

“We want it to be­come one of the town’s ma­jor as­sets,” he ex­plained.

“When you get peo­ple there for a big event for the first time they are al­ways say­ing how fab­u­lous it is and how much room there is.

“But we have toi­lets and show­ers that weren’t even ad­e­quate in the 1950s, that’s the sort of thing that we have got to get onto as quick as we can.”

Each stake­holder was brought to­gether for a whole day to de­vise the plan.

PHOTO: Tate Spi­teri

STAKE­HOLD­ERS: (left to right) Sarah Thomp­son (Into Our Hands Foun­da­tion), Mon­ica Kennedy (RDA), Alan Gar­side (Recre­ation Re­serve com­mit­tee), Su­san Benedyka (con­sul­tant) and Alpine Shire mayor Ron Janas at the Myrtle­ford Show­grounds last week.

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