Bright Observer

Second oval bid


Bright Football Netball Club pushes Pioneer Park redevelopment


By VANESSA BURGESS


DISCUSSIONS around the redevelopment and improvement of Bright's Pioneer Park and the pavilion have been reignited over the last few weeks.

According to United Bright Football and Netball Club president Ian Nicholls, discussions have been held with Alpine Shire Council CEO Dave Barry about what best suits the needs of the club and the community.

"We've discussed the priorities of Pioneer Park redevelopment from the football netball clubs point of view," Mr Nicholls said.

"In particular we discussed the need to improve ladies facilities within the club, because the netballers don't have a change room.

"We are hoping the upstairs rooms will be upgraded and we discussed the different ways we could do that and what the best possible funding packages might be."

Mr Nicholls also said the club was pushing to get a second oval at Pioneer Park to alleviate some of the usage on the current ground.

"The current oval doesn't have good drainage and the amount of rain we have had over the last couple of months and the regular usage of the ground hasn't helped its condition," he said.

"There's plenty of room between the existing oval and the tennis courts to put a new oval and it can be used for training or reserve games if need be."

Mr Nicholls said nothing would be happening within the next 12 months, and new concept plans would need to be drawn up to ensure the whole community is catered for.

"It's back to the drawing board, we want the rooms to remain at the same level as the serving deck," he said.

"It's a fantastic way to make sure we have a one-stop-shop not only for the regular sporting clubs but all of the major events that come into town, like the mountain bike championships."

Pioneer Park Advisory Committee member David Pratt said the committee, which comprises different park user groups, had put together a list of priorities for Alpine Shire Council.

"We have submitted the list to council and are now waiting for the shire to comment," he said.

"We are looking to upgrade the pavilion so its multi user friendly and so it can cater for other events and other groups.

Mr Pratt also said getting the grandstand and stone picnic shelter historically listed was a top priority.

"Along with getting them the historical recognition they deserve, we hope to get them some minor upgrades," he said.

"We are also looking at a potential third entrance to Pioneer Park, and getting some public and disabled toilets near the pony club.

Alpine Shire Council CEO Dave Barry said a number of short term maintenance projects would be completed in conjunction with the advisory group, and he would attend the next advisory meeting to discuss long term projects at the park.

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