Elite vi­sion for City Oval

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$)/ :im­mera Mallee has pro­vided its re­sponse to +or­sham¶s City to 5iver 9ision and urged the re­gion¶s foot­ball and net­ball clubs to pro­vide con­struc­tive feed­back on the pro­posed re­de­velop ment of the City Oval precinct. $ 'raft Mas­ter­plan is now open for pub lic feed­back. It pro­poses to up­grade City Oval to en­able re­gional stan­dard $)/, cricket matches and other non sport­ing events to be hosted. $lthough it re­mains the :im­mera¶s pre mier sports fa­cil­ity, there has been no sig­nif­i­cant re­fur­bish­ment at City Oval since the s and up­grades are also re­tuired to meet women¶s foot­ball and dis­abil­ity stan­dards. The re­de­vel­op­ment con­cept re­com mends that the oval be re ori­en­tated so that it runs north south, al­low­ing for the ex­ten­sion of the play­ing field. This would re­tuire the clo­sure of nearby +ock­ing Street. $ new multi pur­pose pavil­ion and clu brooms in­clud­ing fully ac­ces­si­ble and fe­male friendly fa­cil­i­ties , cov­ered spec tator ar­eas and a second net­ball court for train­ing and matches is also part of the con­cept plan. *en­eral Man­ager %ruce 3eter­ing said $)/ :im­mera Mallee sup­ported the vi sion to trans­form +or­sham¶s river­front into an elite sport­ing hub. “The 'raft Mas­ter­plan di­rectly aligns with the strate­gic pri­or­i­ties of the Com mis­sion, which was for the de­vel­op­ment of a premier fa­cil­ity ca­pa­ble of host­ing elite foot­ball,” Mr 3eter­ing said. Mr 3eter­ing also en­dorsed the pro­pos al to de­velop a shared out­door sports precinct at the +or­sham Show­grounds precinct, cur­rently oc­cu­pied by the +or sham *rey­hounds. $s a pre­lim­i­nary con­cept, this facil ity would cater­for ath­let­ics, soc­cer rugby fields and a syn­thetic hockey pitch as well as cricket and foot­ball. “:e also sup­port the de­vel­op­ment of an ad­di­tional out­door fa­cil­ity to meet the in­creas­ing de­mands of clubs retuest­ing train­ing venues within +or­sham and the pos­si­ble re­lo­ca­tion of a club into +orsh am into the fu­ture,” Mr 3eter­ing said. “:ith many of our re­gional clubs hav­ing a large pro­por­tion of +or­sham res­i­dents within their play­ing mix, train­ing within +or­sham is be­com­ing a more pop­u­lar and retuested ini­tia­tive from clubs. “There is also the pos­si­bil­ity of a club close to +or­sham look­ing to re­lo­cate in the fu­ture. Our vi­sion would be to have one grassed field and one mul­ti­pur­pose syn­thetic field that be­tween the two would ac­com­mo­date the re­tuire­ments of foot­ball, soc­cer, ath­let­ics and hockey,” he said. $long with $)/ :im­mera Mallee, +or sham 5ural City Coun­cil has en­gaged with all City Oval user groups in­clud­ing +or­sham 'emons )oot­ball and 1et­ball Club, +or­sham City 3ipe %and and +or sham Cricket $sso­ci­a­tion. The re­ac­tion has been en­thu­si­as­tic, with the is­sues of park­ing and perime­ter fenc­ing on match days also among the dis­cus­sion points. $ll feed­back cap­tured will form part of the fi­nal Mas­ter­plan which will be pre sented to Coun­cil­lors, who will have the fi­nal say on whether it is adopted.

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