Fearful ‘club could fold’

Club seeks MP help to ensure lead issue fixed before 2018 season

COMMITTEE members at North Wangaratta Football Netball Club are at their wits end over delays on access issues that could prevent them from playing at their home ground for the entire 2018 season.

Lead shot was found on the club’s ground in May 2016 and the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) shut the whole precinct down, including the gun club which caused it.

Players are now able to train on the oval but a section of the ground is fenced off and needs to be excavated and refilled as part of a clean-up plan to remove contamination.

The club will meet with Tim McCurdy (MLA, Ovens Valley) today to discuss how processes can be sped up to bring a return of games to the reserve by the start of 2018.

Concerns were heightened last week when club committee members met with the EPA and they were told it might not be until “October next year” before full access could be granted again.

But as a result of the saga, club committee member and past president Kevin Hogan said there are a lot of people at the club who are stressed and “want out”.

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