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.