MEDIA RELEASE: Council approves efforts to expedite sporting precinct

Published on Friday, 2 October 2020 at 3:40:57 PM

Preparations for the development of the sporting precinct centred on VC Mitchell Park are a step closer as Council approval to draw down on $250,000 of the $6 million State Government’s COVID Response stimulus funding occurred at the September Council Meeting.

Shire President Brian Piesse said, “the Shire is keen to accelerate this project which will form part of the Shire’s strategic vision to promote the Shire as an attractive place to live, invest and visit, and form a major component of our vision to attract a new wave of younger families to address an increasing aging demographic throughout the Shire.”

Preparations are now underway to prepare a Financial Assistance Agreement to draw down and manage the $250,000 of funding. The funding will be used to help the Shire progress and develop the concept and schematic design that will be incorporated into a Tender for advertising.

The Shire will continue to meet regularly with stakeholders and consultation with those involved will help inform and develop the design for the precinct. Since the State Government’s announcement on Sunday 2 August that the Shire would receive $6 million to boost sports and recreation in Donnybrook, the Shire has met with sporting groups and sought feedback regarding additional usage and design requirements.

As part of the design development process, the Shire will visit neighbouring sporting facilities that showcase a quality management model and layout.

Prior to the State’s funding announcement, Council endorsed the project Masterplan and gave its in-principle support for a funding co-contribution of up to $3 million. The Shire is currently developing a Long Term Financial Plan to demonstrate how the $3 million loan funding will be supported which will be presented to Council for formal adoption and acknowledgement later this year.

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