Council considers Colac sports development

PLANS for a multi-sport development at Colac’s golf and horse racing complex will go before civic leaders this month.

Officials at Colac Golf Club, Colac Turf Club and the Colac RSL have finalised an application for the centre, which will cater for the three organisations.

Colac Golf Club president Murray McCoombe said the clubs had completed concept plans for the development and had revealed them to the council.

He said the final blueprint for the centre would depend on the amount of money the clubs were willing to contribute.

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Colac Otway Shire Council is considering plans for Colac Turf Club and Colac Golf Club.

 

Designs and costings will remain confidential to the clubs’ members and the public until the centre has received the green light from the council.

The council’s next meeting is on November 23.

“We’re not prepared to raise expectations until we have the go ahead,” Mr McCoombe said.

“There’s no use exciting our members about a concept and have council knock it back.

“It’s a laborious task but we’re making sure we get it right. Consequently our members have as much information as you do.”

Mr McCoombe said Colac Otway Shire councillors had warmly received the development during an information session last month.

“It was at their planning meeting, we presented a Powerpoint presentation to them which showed concept plans, approximate figures, what goals we wanted to achieve through this,” he said.

“They had the opportunity to question us over the proposal, which they did.

“I thought it was a very positive hearing. The questions the councillors did ask for us were interesting.”

Should council approval the centre, it would still require the clubs’ members to give it the go-ahead.

In the case of the golf club, 75 per cent of members would have to say “yes”.

That’s a process that’s yet to be gone through,” Mr McCoombe said.

“All of that will happen really quickly once we have the tick from council,” he said.

The Colac Herald revealed in December last year the three clubs had discussed to develop the centre, which could feature a function centre, bar, restaurant, offices and storage space.

The idea came after the golf club, which was looking into redeveloping its clubhouse, discovered the RSL was also seeking a new home.

The clubs then approached the turf club about creating a multi-sport centre.

“The vision is to have a facility up on that terrific piece of land that will cater for the members of the three clubs, as well as provide an outstanding facility for the Colac community,” Mr McCoombe said at the time.

 

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