Sta­dium fund­ing

Euroa Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BYGRACE EVANS gevans@ ne­me­

UP­GRADES to the Euroa and Dis­trict Com­mu­nity Sports Cen­tre and Strath­bo­gie Roads were the topic of con­ver­sa­tion at a set of an­nounce­ments made by Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria, Ja­clyn Symes last Thurs­day morn­ing.

Ms Symes at­tended Euroa Sec­ondary Col­lege to an­nounce $200,000 from the Com­mu­nity Sup­port Fund to up­grade the Euroa & Dis­trict Com­mu­nity Sports Cen­tre.

Af­ter the lo­cal com­mu­nity were push­ing for up­grades through last month’s Pick My Project ini­tia­tive, they fell just short of re­ceiv­ing the $200,000 needed for fund­ing.

“The school raised con­cerns about the age­ing in­fra­struc­ture of the sta­dium ear­lier this year so we com­mit­ted to help them ac­cess fund­ing for up­grades and af­ter their ef­forts un­der pick my project fell just 8 votes short we were de­ter­mined to get the money else­where” Ms Symes said.

Euroa Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent Melinda Wat­son was a big ad­vo­cate be­hind get­ting the pick my project through and af­ter the ini­tial dis­ap­point­ment she said this sur­prise an­nounce­ment is just so huge for the com­mu­nity.

“We just can’t have enough cake stalls or charge peo­ple enough to be able to re­place the old things,” Ms Wat­son said.

“With non­ad­justable rings our preps aren’t even able to shoot a goal, so it’s mas­sive to all age groups in our club.

“We just can’t keep up as a club with all the new equip­ment with­out this sort of money.”

A big in­ter­est in Bas­ket­ball is quite ev­i­dent in the com­mu­nity, with Ms Wat­son said we’ve had these sub­stan­dard con­di­tions for so long, so it’s go­ing to be amaz- ing for the kids.

The project pro­poses to mod­ernise fa­cil­i­ties and equip­ment to in­crease com­mu­nity sport par­tic­i­pa­tion, with the rings a big pri­or­ity es­ti­mat­ing a cost of $30,000.

The cur­rent state of the cen­tre has also pre­vented the bas­ket­ball teams from play­ing af­ter Christ­mas, due to hot weather con­di­tions.

“We can ac­tu­ally ad­just our sea­son if we want now, with all the other com­pe­ti­tions run­ning from Septem­ber to March,” Ms Wat­son said.

“Ours has had to be run early be­cause it’s like a sauna.”

Euroa Sec­ondary Col­lege is set to em­bark on a $950,000 up­grade, but al­though the Sports Cen­tre is on ed­u­ca­tion land it’s known as a com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity and not di­rectly en­ti­tled to fund­ing from the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion.

School coun­cil Pres­i­dent Ruth Nolan has said the fund­ing will en­able much needed up­grad­ing to this won­der­ful fa­cil­ity which will greatly ben­e­fit our stu­dents and the wider com­mu­nity.

The fa­cil­ity is used many lo­cal groups in­clud­ing the Euroa Bad­minton Club, The Euroa Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion, The Euroa and Dis­trict Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion, Euroa Foot­ball Net­ball Club, the Euroa Ju­nior Foot­ball Net­ball Club and the Euroa Squash Club and has also been used for the Euroa Show and Shine.

BIG AN­NOUNCE­MENT: Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Euroa sport­ing clubs were in­vited to the sta­dium to hear the big news. Pic­tured are (from left) An­drea Pen­man, Ja­clyn Symes, Melinda Wat­son, Fionna Dep­peler-Mor­ton, Ruth Nolan and John Ma­son.

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