Colac Otway Shire councillors will tonight vote on whether they will support a $5.2-million redevelopment of the Elliminyt Recreation Reserve.
Users of the reserve, including South Colac Football Netball Club, Colac Cycling Club, Elliminyt Tennis Club, City United Cricket Club and Warrion Cricket Club, partnered with the council to develop the Elliminyt Recreation Reserve Master Plan 2018.
The master plan outlines major redevelopments to the reserve including improving the main pavilion and change rooms, an additional netball court, renewal of the cylcing velodrome, oval renovation, and improved court and oval lighting.
The council developed the plan in conjunction with stakeholders and community members to meet the need of Colac’s fastest-growing suburb.
The Colac 2050 Community Infrastructure Plan predicts that Colac’s population will rise to 20,000 by 2050, with about 6000 more people likely to live in the Elliminyt area.
The council approved a draft master plan for public exhibition from August 27 to October 8, and received no formal submissions.
The Colac Cycling Club made a submission in November seeking to set velodrome re-surfacing as a high priority in the master plan.
The final master plan includes upgrades to the floorplan of the main pavilion, which incorporates concept designs of Facebook users, at a revised cost at $2.85 million – nearly $400,000 more than the design in the draft that the council approved in August.
See Today’s Colac Herald for more.