Hindmarsh Shire wants sport and recreation study

HINDMARSH Shire Council is waiting on a funding announcement to start developing a plan for its sporting and leisure future.

Council wants to undertake a full study of all the sporting and recreational venues, services and infrastructure in the municipality.

Community and economic development manager Phil King said a funding application for about $30,000 was submitted to Sport and Recreation Victoria in the latter half of last year.

The State Government department provides grants and funding to support sports development.

Council would also contribute to the project.

"It is within our current council plan to review our recreational strategy," Mr King said.

He hoped to know the outcome of the grant application within the next few months.

If successful, council would go to tender for a contractor to study the shire's sporting and recreational venues and services.

The study's findings would influence council's plans and priorities for the next five years.

"It would be about a four to five-month project, for the contractors to look at all the sports and recreational venues, services and infrastructure across the shire," Mr King said.

"The strategic plan will really provide focus and direction about what council and various stakeholders' priorities are going to be into the future, including initiatives to keep sporting clubs going and community groups involved."

East ward councillor Tony Schneider said he was particularly keen for Dimboola's skate park and recreation reserve to be highlighted in the study.

He also favoured developing new clubrooms during talks about a

potential $1.95-million Nhill Integrated Early Years Centre.

"It sets a benchmark for what else needs to happen in our communities," he said.

Mayor Rob Gersch said it was important the shire had a sport and recreational study.

"We are keen to obtain the grant so we can do a full study and bring Hindmarsh up to speed," he said.

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