Multisport stadium feedback valuable
Several community forums conducted in September for a proposed new indoor Multisport Stadium for Yarrawonga have provided important feedback for consultants preparing the feasibility study.
Moira Shire Council General Manager Infrastructure Andrew Close said consultation has provided valuable insights from the community.
“Council has completed initial consultation meetings to gather the current and possible future usage of an indoor multisport stadium,” Mr Close said.
“A steering committee has also been formed comprising representatives from the Yarrawonga Mulwala Basketball Association, local schools, Federation Council and community members.
“The members of this committee have already supplied valued insights into their respective organisation’s activities and requirements.
“In addition, members of the Section 86 Committee of Management for the Yarrawonga Showground were invited to complete a template of broad questions regarding the proposed stadium.”
Part of the community consultation process also involves an online survey. Mr Close said that as of close of business Thursday, September 27 council had received a “pleasing” 265 responses.
“We have conducted three consultation meetings, a general forum and two targeted ones aimed at development groups, business and tourism sectors and senior citizens; 25 people came along to these meetings,” Mr Close said.
“We will continue to consult and work closely with the community during all facets of this important and exciting development.”
At the Moira Shire September Ordinary council meeting, council endorsed the terms of reference for the Yarrawonga Multisport Sport Stadium Steering Committee with councillor Peter Mansfield appointed as the council’s representative alongside Mr Close and Team Leader Community and Recreation Development (Project Manager) Ms Lyn Cooper. For decades the Yarrawonga Mulwala community’s access to indoor courts and stadiums in the community has been limited to using ageing and non-compliant stadiums that were primarily built for education purposes.
Moira Shire allocated $120,000 in this financial year’s capital works budget for planning and design, with the proposed multisport stadium to provide facilities for a number of schools, community and sporting groups in Yarrawonga.
Mayor Libro Mustica said historically, community access to indoor courts and stadiums in the community has been limited to school halls at Yarrawonga College P-12 and the Sacred Heart College sites.
“The local stadiums were constructed primarily for education purposes – they are ageing facilities and do not comply with sporting competition requirements,” Cr Mustica said.
“The isolated nature of these courts across Yarrawonga also limits the ability for community and sporting groups, in particular the Yarrawonga Mulwala Basketball Association, to conduct local competitions.”
Amanda Wheaton, President of the Yarrawonga Mulwala Basketball Association (YMBA), urges the community and sporting families to fill out the survey.
“We all recognise that our town is lacking in such a fundamental facility and we will be working hard to see that the project comes to fruition,” she said.
If you haven’t filled out the short survey you only have until 5pm today, October 3: Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/yarrawongastadium