WELLINGTON Shire Council has received funds to undertake a feasibility study for the continued expansion of Sale’s Gippsland Regional Sports Complex.
The feasibility study will investigate expansion opportunities such as state of the art soccer, athletics and hockey facilities with the proposed development of purpose built playing fields on site.
The feasibility study funding includes a $23,985 grant from the state government’s Planning and Community Development Department and a $23,985 Council investment.
Mayor Scott Rossetti said a well researched feasibility study would assist council to prepare a strong business case to expand the GRSC.
“Over the coming months we shall commence consultation with GRSC’s user groups and our wider community.
“The information we receive through our consultation process will help us understand which additional facilities would offer the best outcomes for our community’s requirements. A firm understanding of community need helps Council to financially plan for projects such as this,” he said
“If the numbers add up and the outlay necessary is justified by the level of additional use the facility will receive, our business case for future expansion is a strong one.
“Council is extremely proud of GRSC. It already offers wonderful facilities for netball, basketball, indoor soccer, badminton, volleyball, table tennis and a range of other activities,” Cr Rossetti said.
“Currently the stadium features four indoor courts with a state of the art flooring system, twelve outdoor netball courts, meeting rooms, conference facilities and a cafe.
“It is an exceptional, multi-use venue which has proven itself time and time again since it opened less than two years ago.
“It’s already played host to a number of regional, state, national and international sporting events which have brought significant economic benefits to the region; and who can forget GRSC’s transformation as it played host to Gippsland’s Got Talent.
“Possible future expansion of GRSC would not only attract yet more significant events and the resulting economic benefits, but also provide even better facilities for the health and wellbeing of the residents.”
Community consultation will begin in coming months.