Hello to all our players, members and families.
Thanks again to all our volunteers families and players that continue to be flexible and help out wherever they can. It is only with your help that we have been able to have any sort of season. If there is a positive it is the realisation how important our sports and associated social activities are.
Some people may have seen a recent article quoting myself and how disappointed I was that one of the key elements of the business case, being the extension of the existing main social space, was not to be included in the pavilion redevelopment. Council officers decided extension of the social space was a tender option, but unfortunately was not able to be included in the budget. We were asked to accept this position as an act of good faith and in return were promised the opportunity to consult with council and other stakeholders on options if it did fall out of budget. It was disappointing that this opportunity was not afforded to the club.
Ever since the announcement of state government funding of $3.7M for the project we have highlighted the importance of the social space extension. While disappointing it is worth noting the significant commitments and funding at our reserve over the last few years that include:
- 2 completely new playing surfaces
- Netball change facilities
- The 2 netball courts to be resurfaced and repaired at the end of this season.
- Another $700,000 announced for further netball courts
- A new pavilion with female friendly change rooms with social spaces that are shared with bowls and cricket
- New canteen and kitchen facilities
- Undercover deck and viewing.
- Digital scoreboard
In total we are looking at C $7M investment by the City and State Government.
We are well aware that our growing club needs access to a larger space to cater for the all-important social aspects of sport and have committed to continue to work in good faith with the City of Ballarat CEO Evan King on how this key aspect of the original business case can be achieved. Ultimately it will be delivery of this portion of the project that will demonstrate reciprocated good faith.
I cannot thank enough our Labor member for Wendouree Juliana Addison who has done an enormous amount work on behalf of all users to secure large portions of this funding and ask members and families to remember this.
Ballarat Football and Netball Club.