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Multisport stadium - budget’s big winner

By Yarrawonga Chronicle

The Yarrawonga Multisport Stadium is the big winner with a target of $6.6m after the adoption of the Moira Shire Council 2019/20 Budget and Strategic Resource Plan.

Moira Shire Council adopted its 2019/20 Budget along with the 2019-23 Strategic Resource Plan (SRP) at a Special Council meeting recently. 

Mayor Libro Mustica thanked the 33 submitters who participated in the community consultation process as well as the people who came along to the community information sessions to talk about the budget. 

“Council considered all feedback received and in many cases this feedback has been met within the current budget with some projects proposed for later years to enable further investigation and confirmation of the project scope,” Cr Mustica said. 

 “The 2019/20 Budget is balanced within a constrained rate capping environment of 2.5%.

“Council fees and charges will increase by an average of 2.5% with no new borrowings for the financial year. 

“Council operated buildings in Yarrawonga, Cobram, Numurkah and Nathalia have a new community/not for profit rate which has seen fees decrease by up to 15%.”

Cr Mustica said in 2019/20, council proposed the delivery of new assets and the expansion, upgrade and renewal of existing assets. 

“These include $6.6 million for the construction of the Yarrawonga Multisport Stadium, $900,000 for the redevelopment of the Tungamah Recreation Reserve changerooms, $400,000 for the redevelopment of the Wunghnu Recreation Reserve community building and $100,000 for works at the Nathalia Sports and Community building,” he said. 

President of the Yarrawonga Mulwala Basketball Association Amanda Wheaton said a multi-sport stadium would be great for many differing organisations in Yarrawonga Mulwala and the town in general.

“It’s an exciting project for the Yarrawonga community and the feasibility study conducted by Otium Planning has shown an absolute need for a multisport stadium in our area,” Ms Wheaton said.

“The report took into account the needs of many sports (not just basketball), the needs of local schools and also the needs of our community at large. 

“The report showed that our community is lacking a facility that enables many sports to be played at an adequate level and we are limited in our capacity to grow and develop in this area because of this. 

“The schools have shown that they have a need to use it during the day and sporting clubs will be able to access it after school hours. A concept plan has been put forward to build a facility to address these needs and a location at the Vic Park showgrounds area has been chosen. 

“This location has the capacity for a four-court stadium (likely to be built in 2 stages) and also footprint area for an aquatic centre when the time comes that this is viable. 

“With council’s endorsement and approval, we are looking forward to the project moving ahead in leaps and bounds.”

Cr Mustica said more than $8 million has also been set aside in the budget for roads, drainage and kerb and channel works across the shire including Gilmore Street Yarrawonga and Station Street Numurkah as well as accessible car parking in Yarrawonga and Numurkah. 

“Council has allocated more than $1 million to deliver the Barmah Boat Ramp master plan, netball court works in Katamatite and improvements to Tweddle Park Numurkah.” 

Cr Mustica said several of the proposed projects would only proceed if grant applications were successful or after further community consultation. 

“The 2019/20 Budget commits council to delivering a capital works program totalling $22.3 million with the majority ($11.5 million) funded from council resources and the balance from a combination of state and federal grants, rates, user contributions and $2.9 million drawn from council’s reserves,” he said. 

The Strategic Resource Plan (SRP) proposes council to deliver $78.8 million of works over the four-year period to 2023 and identifies priority investment areas including almost $28.4 million of new and upgraded infrastructure and a sustained program of investment in drainage and flood mitigation works. The 2019/20 Budget and Strategic Resource Plan can be viewed on the Moira Shire website at www.moira.vic.gov.au.