Plans for Barr 2 can offer relief

Report says there’s another way
IN HIGH DEMAND: Wangaratta Showgrounds committee chair Dennis Backas believes the only way to alleviate overuse of the main oval is to create another space within the precinct. PHOTO: Steve Kelly

AN extra training area at the Wangaratta Showgrounds has been all but ruled out by the rural city council with two reports putting up a red light to the idea.

The showgrounds committee of management believes another grassed training area should be created on the rodeo site behind the dog obedience area.

It’s an idea the committee believes would reduce the overuse of the main oval and allow junior football sides to use.

But council thinks the installation of lighting at Barr 2, located near the YMCA building, would act as an alternative training ground.

Rural City of Wangaratta council acting manager of community and recreation Marcus Forster said both of the showgrounds strategic plan tabled last week and the 2007 parkland masterplan do not recommend the rodeo area for a training ground.

He said the area used to be a landfill site and secondly the creation of another oval would need irrigation and boundary fencing which would cost in the vicinity of $1 million.

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