Councillors back proposal for sports facility upgrade

Elliminyt Recreation Reserve is a step closer to receiving a redevelopment, after Colac Otway Shire councillors supported a community-led master plan for the facility. Pictured is mayor Jason Schram with sporting groups pushing for the upgrades.

Colac Otway Shire councillors have unanimously supported proposed upgrades for Elliminyt Recreation Reserve, with one saying the plan would bring the facility “into the 21st century”.

The council will now use the master plan to seek government funding for a $5.2-million redevelopment of the facility, after councillors endorsed it at this week’s council meeting.

It includes works  to upgrade the main pavilion and change rooms, cycling velodrome, oval and lighting, and the construction of an additional netball court.

Council officers told this week’s council meeting that community groups had contributed $10,000 to develop the plan, with the council tipping in a further $7000. The document followed an existing plan, which community groups also contributed money to.

Users of the reserve include South Colac Football Netball Club, Colac Cycling Club and Elliminyt Tennis Club, while two cricket clubs use it for training and over-flow.

“This is a plan that has quite rightly been led by the community, it is a great positive,” Cr Joe McCracken said.

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