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Bid for sports funds

Central Goldfields Shire Council has applied for funding through the 2022 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund (LSIF) including the Dunolly's Delediop Reserve netball courts.

A Condition and Compliance Audit Report of the two netball courts at Deledio Recreation Reserve identified significant issues:

  • Both courts have major structural damage, one is unplayable and has been decommissioned.

  • The current competition court is non-compliant and regular remedial works are becoming less effective.

  • The lighting is not up to training standard.

  • The report notes that ‘to ensure a long-term outcome, planning to reconstruct these courts in the near future is recommended’.

Central Goldfields Shire Flynn Ward Councillor Liesbeth Long said if the courts are not brought up to standard the club would have to find an alternative venue for games.

“This could result in possible loss of participation because it would involve travel to a neighbouring town every week when home games cannot be played at the same location as football matches resulting in increased participants costs. Travelling to other venues every week could present further challenges, with games unable to be played at the same time and/or day as football matches.

“It’s exciting to see this funding application has been made by council officers and I am hoping to hear that the funding is successful.”

The LSIF is a state-wide competitive Victorian Government investment program that funds the development of high-quality, accessible community sport and active recreation infrastructure.

Ripon MP Louise Staley in June announcced an elected Liberal Nationals Government will deliver $1.5m in funding towards the Deledio Pavilion in Dunolly for a "significant significant upgrade to deliver a new multi-purpose sporting and community facility."

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