Precinct plan to aid clubs

A MULTI-purpose facility that will service local netball, tennis and hockey clubs is among projects included in council's draft budget.

DEVELOPMENT of a multi-purpose facility that will service local netball, tennis and hockey clubs is among projects included in the Rural City of Wangaratta’s draft 2013-2014 budget.

But, while council has earmarked $340,000 for stage one of the City Oval Tennis Precinct project, it hinges on a $550,000 funding application to the Department of Transport and Local Infrastructure.

Leonie Painter, rural city manager community and recreation, said an application would be made through the DTLI’s community facility funding program in August.

If successful, stage one (which would not start until late 2014 at the earliest) would involve construction of a multi-purpose amenities block including changerooms, toilets, a community meeting space, kitchen and kiosk.

It is also proposed to develop two of the tennis courts into multi-use netball/tennis courts, and redevelop the City Oval cricket nets.

Ms Painter said the project had evolved from approaches by the Wangaratta Hardcourt Tennis Association and the Wangaratta Rovers Netball Club seeking improved facilities, and had been discussed over the last 12 to 18 months.

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