Sports Hall of Fame
Greater Shepparton City Council discussed the possibility of establishing a Sports Hall of Fame Advisory Committee at its ordinary council meeting last Tuesday.
The concept of a Sports Hall of Fame could preserve, celebrate and showcase history and heritage of sports excellence and achievement of Greater Shepparton residents.
The Shepparton News has expressed keen interest to partner with Greater Shepparton City Council on this initiative, and Don Kilgour (a former Australian politician, National member for Shepparton in the Victorian Legislative Assembly from 1991 to 2002) also brought the idea before the chief executive officer and council officers.
A Sports Hall of Fame could serve as a permanent tribute to sporting leaders in recognition of not only their sporting excellence but also their service to the sport.
By celebrating these achievements and particularly highlighting the cultural and social diversity in inductees, participation in sports and sporting clubs will be encouraged.
The concept of a Greater Shepparton Sports Hall of Fame is strongly aligned to the Council Plan 2013-17 Strategic Goal 3 Economic Prosperity — ‘‘Make Greater Shepparton the regional sporting capital of Victoria and a leading sporting destination’’.
A Sports Hall of Fame could showcase the sporting successes that have come from Greater Shepparton and provide a resource to clubs who are looking to demonstrate their successes.
It was noted at the meeting however that the concept needed to be further developed through the establishment of an advisory committee that can provide future advice to council on how this project can be scoped and achieved in the future.
It was recommended that council establish a Sports Hall of Fame Advisory Committee to further investigate the concept, and appoint Cr Kevin Ryan and Cr Dinny Adem to the Sports Hall of Fame Advisory Committee, which was carried unanimously.
Cr Ryan said on Wednesday he was enthusiastic about the proposal.