Hindmarsh sporting study funded

HINDMARSH Shire Council has secured funding for a 10-year recreation strategy.

Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty visited Dimboola on Wednesday to announce a $30,000 grant from the Community Facility Funding Program.

The money will go towards a study of sport and recreation in the shire.

Using the study's findings, council will develop a strategic plan, to be completed by 2024.

"Sport and recreation play a vital role throughout Victorian communities, especially in country areas," Mr Delahunty said.

"We want to make it easier for communities to come together, stay active, enjoy their sport and recreation venues and lead healthier lives.

"An important way of achieving this is through strategic planning."

Council will contribute $20,000 to the project.

Community and economic development manager Phil King said the study would involve extensive community consultation.

"A contractor will look at all the sport and recreation venues, services and infrastructure across the shire," he said.

The project will go to tender about February, with consultation to begin in the new financial year.

"I would think we would just about be ready for council to adopt that strategy by the end of the calendar year," Mr King said.

Wimmera Regional Sports Assembly executive officer David Berry welcomed the announcement.

The assembly supported council's grant application.

"It's going to be good for Hindmarsh Shire Council and good for the sporting groups in the shire," Mr Berry said.

He expected the study to explore possible upgrades to Nhill and District Sporting Club's Davis Park.

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