Woolorama curb on new sports hub

Great Southern Herald - - News - Saskia Adysti

There’s no pos­si­bil­ity to hold the Woolorama at a dif­fer­ent area. Tony Bax­ter

The Shire of Wa­gin is plan­ning to use its show­ground to build a new com­mu­nity sports precinct and com­bine all the var­i­ous sports clubs in Wa­gin.

How­ever, the Wa­gin Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety is op­posed to this pro­posed plan as the show­ground is cur­rently used for the annual Wa­gin Woolorama show.

Wa­gin Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Tony Bax­ter said the plan to build a sports precinct in the show­ground would rep­re­sent a loss of about $12,000 a year from the show.

“We spent mil­lions of dol­lars to de­velop the show­grounds with the needed fa­cil­i­ties to hold the Woolorama,” Mr Bax­ter said.

“The show­ground has a pretty cen­tral po­si­tion to run the event and there’s no pos­si­bil­ity to hold the Woolorama at a dif­fer­ent area.”

Shire deputy ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Brian Rod­er­ick said Wa­gin was quite a unique town as the Shire had to factor in the Woolorama as well as the Wa­gin Trot­ting Club in or­der to carry through its sports precinct project.

The shire is con­sid­er­ing two al­ter­na­tive con­cepts for the sports precinct.

The first op­tion is to re­de­velop the ex­ist­ing recre­ational cen­tre and build in a hockey field and tennis court.

Their sec­ond op­tion is to re­de­velop the bowl­ing club and to ex­tend the club to in­clude a hockey field and a tennis court.

Both al­ter­na­tive con­cepts were pre­sented by the mem­bers of the Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety dur­ing the meet­ing last Tues­day, where about 60 mem­bers of the com­mu­nity at­tended.

Mr Bax­ter said the sec­ond op­tion to re­de­velop the bowl­ing club was the most cost ef­fec­tive.

The Shire of Wa­gin will hold an­other com­mu­nity meet­ing to fur­ther dis­cuss the sports precinct on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 10 at the Eric Far­row Pavilion.

Pic­tures: Shire of Wa­gin

Right: The Wa­gin Sports Precinct draft plan. Be­low: An al­ter­na­tive draft plan submitted by Wa­gin Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety.

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