Apr 20

Recreation master plan

MILDURA Rural City Council’s $3.6 million plan to redevelop the Mildura Recreation Reserve includes more than 50 priority tasks involving upgrades to football and netball facilities.

The draft review of the Mildura Recreation Reserve Master Plan aims to meet the future needs of user groups and enhance benefits to the wider community.

It draws on many strategies and assessments over the past decade, and recommends actions that are “economically viable, technically feasible, environmentally compatible and publicly acceptable”.

A key assumption in the review includes the intended relocation of the Mildura Football Netball Club to the proposed Mildura South Regional Sport Precinct once developed and redevelopment of the Mildura Harness Racing Club track scheduled to begin late next year.

It says an important consideration was the encouragement of casual or social usage given the gradual development of the reserve had resulted in poor integration of buildings and building styles.

The Mildura Recreation Reserve includes No. 1 and No. 3 Ovals, netball facilities, the harness racing track and associated buildings and clubrooms within the precinct.

Recreation and sport portfolio Councillor Mark Eckel said the draft report would effectively update the Mildura Recreation Reserve Master Plan with almost $3.6 million of improvements identified for the next five years and beyond.

“Development of the revised Master Plan has largely been driven by a reference group consisting of representatives from the reserve’s regular user groups,” he said.

“A comprehensive consultation process saw some vigorous and positive discussions. Fifteen separate sporting and community groups were represented and it really reiterated to us how important this facility is to the local recreation community.”

Cr Eckel said council staff also contributed to the plan to ensure the operational infrastructure requirements, such as irrigation systems, playing surface renewal and general safety of the reserve were also considered.

“We kept coming back to the basic premise that, whichever way forward, the future direction of the reserve needs to be based on key elements of sustainable decision making,” he said.

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