TIM McCurdy (MLA, Ovens Valley) is going into bat for the North Wangaratta Football Netball Club (NWFNC) to seek answers surrounding delays in a 2018 return of home games to its venue.
He has called for an “urgent meeting” this week with the Environment Protection Authority’s (EPA) North East manager Emma Knights asking for an explanation as to why a clean-up of contamination is taking so long.
The EPA closed the North Wangaratta Reserve and Wangaratta Clay Target Club in May last year after lead pellets were anonymously reported on the football ground, causing contamination.
It was a result of lead shot discharge during the skeet discipline at the gun club – a Victoria Police approved practice that had taken place at the shooting range since the 1960s.
NWFNC has been told by EPA that it could be October 2018 before they’re allowed back on the reserve, effectively banishing them from their home ground for the whole season.