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Park works set to start

DONALDSON PARK Wedderburn’s redevelopment pro-ject can proceed after the announcement of a $1.38 million State Government grant.

Last Friday’s announcement of Loddon Shire Council’s successful application under the Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program completes the project’s funding jigsaw.

The state funds will be used along with $2.5 million from the Federal Government and contributions from the shire ($1.2 million), community and user groups to complete the two stages as a single project.The total project cost is more than $4.5 million.

The project will see the construction of a new multi-

sport and community focussed pavilion with four gender neutral change rooms, and carparking, new multi-faceted playspace for all abilities, landscaping and internal paths and large solar installation with batteries.

Donaldson Park and shire officials have welcomed the grant allocation.

Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, when making the announcement, said: ““This investment will support jobs, drive economic economy and produce a facility that will help more people in our community come together.

“The Victorian Government is making sport and recreation more accessible, welcoming and inclusive for all Victorians, so more people can play the sport they love.”

Council in February confirmed its commitment to the project and lodged the funding application.

At the time, council well-being director Wendy Gladman said redevelopment of Donaldson Park was a priority infrastructure project for council.

Detailed design work and consultation had been undertaken by council with Donaldson Park user groups, Netball Victoria and AFL Victoria.

Donaldson Park is used for football, netball and harness racing.

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