Multisport sta­dium feed­back valu­able

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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

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