Falcons call for update to Colac’s Central Reserve

Colac Otway Shire Council is planning a staged redevelopment of Colac's Central Reserve, after failing to secure State Government funding for an upgrade.

Colac Otway Shire Council is planning a staged redevelopment of Colac’s Central Reserve, after failing to secure State Government funding for an upgrade.

OUTDATED infrastructure is all that stands in the way of Colac hosting TAC Cup and VFL matches at Central Reserve, Geelong Falcons say.

The Falcons hosted the first of three under-18 and under-16 practice match days on the newly redeveloped surface at the weekend, and will play the second in Colac on Sunday.

Falcons regional manager and former Geelong footballer Michael Turner was full of praise for the ground’s surface, but said the facilities needed upgrades to play TAC Cup football at the ground.

“They contacted us last year after the ground was redeveloped, about the possibility of playing there,” he said.

“We don’t have a base in Camperdown any more so we thought it was pertinent to start using Colac.

“Now it’s a fantastic ground, but to get TAC Cup and VFL games they still have to upgrade the infrastructure which they’re trying to do.

“I played against Colac for Warrnambool in 1973 and the rooms are the same as they were back then.

“There’s a certain infrastructure you have to have – things like an elevated coaches’ box to fit 12 to 15 people, bigger interchange benches, maybe nets behind the goals, filming platforms – all VFL venues have got that now.”

Colac Otway Shire Council recreation, arts and culture manager Ian Seuren said the council was “absolutely interested” in hosting TAC Cup matches in Colac, and understood the upgrades would need to take place first.

“Council has been in regular contact with the Geelong Falcons since the Central Reserve playing surface has been redeveloped, to discuss hosting practice matches at the ground,” he said.

“Hosting the practice matches is a fantastic start, particularly because Colac has traditionally been a strong breeding ground for Falcons players, many of whom have gone on to play football at the highest levels.”

The Geelong Falcons will host intraclub practice matches at Central Reserve on Sunday, and will take on North Ballarat in the third day of under-18 and under-16 practice matches on March 15.

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