End goal clearer for showgrounds
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.
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.