Sport­ing plan on hold

Guardian Express - - NEWS -

A PE­TI­TION for a multi-pur­pose sports fa­cil­ity at Bird­wood Square was re­cently re­jected by the City of Vin­cent.

Tabled with the coun­cil in February, the pe­ti­tion signed by 145 peo­ple urged the City to col­lab­o­rate with the State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ments to pro­vide a mul­tipur­pose out­door team sports, bas­ket­ball, net­ball and fut­sal fa­cil­ity at the south­ern side of Bird­wood Square near Bris­bane Street or a sim­i­lar lo­ca­tion.

Sig­na­to­ries be­lieved the pro­posed fa­cil­ity would ease over­flow is­sues at High­gate Pri­mary School.

But Vin­cent coun­cil­lors de­cided not to go ahead with pro­posed $200,000 fa­cil­ity, opt­ing in­stead to wait un­til the City’s Pub­lic Open Space Strat­egy was com­plete.

The strat­egy would pro­vide a frame­work to guide the plan­ning, devel­op­ment, man­age­ment and ac­ti­va­tion of open spa­ces.

Lead pe­ti­tioner Bruce Day­ton ex­pressed his an­noy­ance at the August 22 meet­ing that he was not con­tacted by the City about its report.

Direc­tor of com­mu­nity en­gage­ment Michael Quirk said con­tact was made with Mr Day­ton.

Coun­cil­lor Joshua Topel­berg noted the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion was not a re­buke of the idea.

Mayor Emma Cole said she noted a short­fall in fa­cil­i­ties in the area but would wait for the strat­egy be­fore pro­ceed­ing.

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