City backs re­serve plan

McIvor Times - - NEWS -

THE Greater Bendigo City Coun­cil has en­dorsed an ap­pli­ca­tion to the State Govern­ment for fund­ing to build new sports fa­cil­i­ties at Heathcote’s Bar­rack Re­serve.

The ap­pli­ca­tion seeks $100,000 to­wards a $266,000 pro­ject to con­struct a new net­ball court with acrylic sur­face and in­stall light­ing.

Ac­tive and Healthy Com­mu­ni­ties man­ager Pa­trick Jess said should the fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tion be suc­cess­ful, it will progress stage two of the re­de­vel­op­ment of the Bar­rack Re­serve Pav­il­ion.

‘‘Con­struc­tion of the net­ball court is a crit­i­cal com­po­nent of the over­all pro­ject. It will rein­cor­po­rate the net­ball por­tion of the Heathcote Foot­ball Net­ball Club back into the main re­serve, as play­ers cur­rently use courts lo­cated across the road that are part of the ten­nis fa­cil­ity,’’ Mr Jess said.

‘‘Growth in lo­cal net­ball par­tic­i­pa­tion num­bers has meant the club is in need of two courts, with ju­niors able to use the bas­ket­ball/net­ball court in­side the ex­ist­ing pav­il­ion while the new court would be com­pli­ant with Net­ball Vic­to­ria stan­dards and be bet­ter suited to se­nior play­ers.

‘‘At the com­ple­tion of th­ese works the Bar­rack Re­serve Precinct will pro­vide the lo­cal com­mu­nity with mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties that will en­cour­age greater par­tic­i­pa­tion in sport and strengthen com­mu­nity con­nect­ed­ness by pro­vid­ing a place to hold events and meet­ings.’’

The Bar­rack Re­serve Com­mu­nity Pav­il­ion Re­de­vel­op­ment is the fi­nal and most sig­nif­i­cant pro­ject to be com­pleted as part of the 2009 Bar­rack Re­serve Mas­ter Plan.

As part of its de­ci­sion, the coun­cil also agreed to con­sider sup­port­ing the de­vel­op­ment of the net­ball court through the 2016-17 bud­get process. MP for North­ern Vic­to­ria Re­gion Ph: 5443 6277 Fax: 5443 5108 www.damian­drum.com.au 239 Barnard Street, Bendigo 3550

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