Consultants appointed to study sports complex plan

WELLINGTON Shire Council has appointed sport and recreation planning consultants to conduct the second stage of the Gippsland Regional Sports Complex feasibility study to determine the best mix of facilities for potential expansion of the complex.

In coming weeks, consultants will phone key stakeholders, including local sporting clubs, peak sporting bodies, schools and community organisations, to find out about their needs, issues, current and future requirements for sport in Wellington Shire.

Stage one of the GRSC opened in 2011 with four indoor courts, 12 outdoor courts, meeting rooms, conference facilities and cafe.

It is proposed stage two could include facilities for hockey, touch football, athletics and soccer.

Long term, a third stage will feature facilities for football and cricket.

Wellington Shire mayor Scott Rossetti encouraged residents to get involved by attending a stakeholder workshop or take part in an online survey.

“We’re inviting interested parties to get involved and tell us directly what you would like to see for the future of the facility,” he said.

“Residents who are unable to attend the workshop are asked to head online to find out more information, complete a survey or make a quick comment.

“This is important information which will help council plan for the potential expansion of the site, making sure that what we build now will cater for residents tomorrow.”

There are several ways for stakeholders to get involved in the project.

Go to the project website, www.leisureplanners.com.au/wellington-gippsland-regional-sports-complex-feasibility to make a comment, fill in an online survey (coming soon), or find out more about the project.

A stakeholder workshop will be held on Thursday, September 19 between 6.30pm and 8pm in the GRSC meeting room. Light refreshments will be provided.

A detailed proposal or submission can be emailed to info@atleisure.com.au

Stakeholders can also comment on issues and the draft master plan later in the project. For more information visit www.wellington.vic.gov.au, phone council’s community facilities planner on 1300 366 244 or email Marcus.Stone@wellington.vic.gov.au