Council uses surplus funds to meet sporting facility priorities
Wodonga Council has decided to defer the construction of the Baranduda Fields project after not receiving funding support from the Federal Government through the National Stronger Regions Fund.
In line with the work already done under the previous council through the Sport and Recreation Strategy and master planning of our sporting precincts, the council is using the surplus from 2015-2016 to address issues facing present facilities including netball and hockey.
The council decided at its December meeting to complete planning works for Baranduda Fields but not proceed with the construction of stage one, scheduled to begin in early 2017, and will move on the design and delivery of capital upgrades to other council facilities across the city.
- A turf upgrade at Gateway Lakes worth $63,000;
- Upgrading the concourse at the Wodonga Sports Leisure Centre at a cost of $35,000;
- The upgrade of the Birallee Park Hockey Field worth $345,000;
- Floodlighting at Willow Park for $300,000;
- Upgrades to St Monica’s Oval including public toilets, seating, shade, flood lighting and turf improvements worth a total of $300,000;
- An upgrade of the Belvoir Park Oval at $50,000;
- A turf upgrade at Gayview Park turf for $27,000; and,
- The Kelly Park netball court upgrade with a contribution of $430,000.
Wodonga Mayor Cr Anna Speedie said the council had a key role in encouraging residents to be more active and to provide the infrastructure, services and programs to enable this to occur.
“Our data tells us that every year 92 per cent of our people participate in a form of physical activity and almost 70 per cent were involved in some form of organised activity. More than 40 per cent are volunteering in a recreational organisation or club,” she said.
“Netball and hockey, along with Australian Rules football, cricket and soccer, are among are top 10 organised sports in Wodonga.
“Addressing these priority needs will have an immediate impact for almost 800 hockey and netball players in these sports as well as another 2000 players using our turf surfaces.”
Cr Speedie said Baranduda Fields was still a priority project for the council.
“Baranduda Fields is needed to support the city’s future growth and to accommodate increasing sporting demands across the city but it requires support from all levels of government,” Cr Speedie said.
“The council will continue to lobby and plan for its development with the council confirming it will compete the detailed design work and the master plan review of the precinct.
“The council remains committed to the project and completing this work will ensure the project will be ready to proceed.”
The approach reduce the council’s financial contribution to the Baranduda Fields project in the short term while looking to deliver smaller improvement projects to address clubs’ training demands through the improvement of our recreational facilities.