Kyabram Free Press

Club makes net request

- By Max Stainkamph

Tongala Football Netball Club has requested permission to install netting behind the goals at the Tongala Recreation Reserve.

The $46,014 project would put up netting behind both sets of goalposts, with the club citing safety concerns for players and spectators who run across the gravel road circling the ground while collecting balls after goals.

A letter to council from the club said the roads posed a “big” OHS issue at both ends of the ground, while an irrigation channel 30m from the north end of the boundary posed a drowning risk for when footballs and cricket balls fell in.

Each net would be 10m high and 25 across, made of 100mm mesh and connected to the inside of the existing fence.

A report prepared by council workers said the netting would have a “minimal” impact on safety, and said there were no recorded incidents of near misses at the channel, with footballs unlikely to be kicked that far.

The report said the club had the funding to pay for purchase and installati­on of the nets.

Council will vote on the proposal at Wednesday night’s meeting, with two options likely to be considered by councillor­s.

The first is to refuse the netting, citing the cost of the netting and the fact it is above council’s “level of service”, with the other option to approve it at the cost of the club, with council having the ability to tell the club to take the netting down “when the asset reaches the end of its life, [and] these costs must be borne by the club/community”.

Councillor­s will vote on the proposal at council's meeting on Wednesday night.

 ??  ?? Nets up behind the goals at Shepparton's Deakin Reserve. Tongala Football Netball Club is applying to have nets installed behind the goals at the Tongala Recreation Reserve.
Nets up behind the goals at Shepparton's Deakin Reserve. Tongala Football Netball Club is applying to have nets installed behind the goals at the Tongala Recreation Reserve.

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