Court works are un­der way

Euroa Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

PRE­LIM­I­NARY site works are un­der way at Euroa’s Me­mo­rial Oval as part of the sec­ond net­ball court project.

The $213,000 project will see Euroa home to a state of the art net­ball fa­cil­ity.

The new ‘show court’ is ex­pected to be com­pleted fol­low­ing the sum­mer con­struc­tion pe­riod, avail­able for use from early March for the 2018 net­ball sea­son.

Soil test­ing on the site has been un­der­taken with other pre­lim­i­nary works to in­clude the re­lo­ca­tion of the pump shed and as­so­ci­ated pipe work cur­rently be­ing de­ter­mined.

New ac­cess gates to the cricket prac­tice nets will be in­stalled in the next week as part of the site prepa­ra­tion works.

A steer­ing com­mit­tee, made up of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Coun­cil, Euroa’s se­nior and ju­nior foot­ball net­ball clubs, the Me­mo­rial Oval Com­mit­tee and Sport and Recre­ation Vic­to­ria, re­cently met and will play a key role through­out the plan­ning and con­struc­tion phase.

The project has been funded by a State Gov­ern­ment De­part­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices grant of $100,000, a com­mu­nity con­tri­bu­tion of $63,000 and a Strath­bo­gie Shire Coun­cil con­tri­bu­tion of $50,000.

Project driver Kate Petersen said it was ex­tremely ex­cit­ing to see the project be­gin.

“Our ju­nior net­ball num­bers have be­come so large that this ad­di­tional court will give us the space we need to stay com­pet­i­tive in the fu­ture. This show court will also give us one of the high­est stan­dards of courts in the Goul­burn Val­ley,” she said.

“We couldn’t have achieved this with­out the sup­port of our amaz­ing com­mu­nity in Euroa. It shows us all what we can achieve when we work to­gether.”

The two-stage project will see a new court con­structed and lights in­stalled as part of stage one while plans for stage two fea­tures new change room fa­cil­i­ties.

Strath­bo­gie Shire mayor Amanda McClaren said the project be­came a re­al­ity through the hard work of a ded­i­cated group who have suc­cess­fully driven the project over a num­ber of years.

“The project has been led by Kate Petersen and evolved to the stage we are cur­rently at through the de­vel­op­ment of ef­fec­tive part­ner­ships and col­lab­o­ra­tion,” she said.

“The process from here will bring to­gether key user groups through the steer­ing com­mit­tee as we pre­pare for work to start on this fan­tas­tic fa­cil­ity.

“We are mind­ful of the many users of the Me­mo­rial Oval and will en­sure we do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to min­imise the ef­fects con­struc­tion work will have on the dif­fer­ent sport­ing clubs and groups.

“This project is an im­por­tant one for Euroa and the greater re­gion, which will al­low this sport­ing precinct to ac­com­mo­date the grow­ing num­ber of net­ballers across the ju­nior and se­nior age groups with state of the art com­pe­ti­tion class courts and fa­cil­i­ties.”

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