THE Korumburra Recreation Centre will get a $175,000 share of the $400,000 in Community Capital Works Allocation Project funding set aside for the town.
And there’s little doubt that a “professional” presentation of proposed works last week by members of the rec centre committee boosted the organisation’s claims.
Last Wednesday, December 10, rec centre officials including Don Olden, David Enbom, Carl Baido Gary Adams and Bill Jeffs turned out at the community session before the council meeting, at which the decision was made on the funding, and provided a Power Point presentation of what they’d do if they got the money.
Here’s a summary:
• $14,200 automatic front doors
• $10,000 entry/directional signs (visitors can’t see centre at night)
• $34,375 tables & chairs (40 x folding tables, 400 x chairs, 3 x table trolleys, 4 x chair trolleys)
• $12,000 floor polisher
• $15,000 scissor lift (OH&S upgrade)
• $1100 kitchen servery window
• $127,000 new car, bus parking (traffic flow improvement)
Chairman of the committee Don Olden laid out the centre’s improvement plans for the council.
He said the organisation had already made considerable improvements, including funding the air conditioning upgrade themselves and achieving high usage of the old Drill Hall but were now looking to push on with their master plan, hopefully adding a third court “to make it one of the best facilities this side of Melbourne”.
But he said, the works the committee proposed to do with the $175,000 funding were needed now to improve sporting and community use of the facility.
He said they would also like to see traffic flow reversed along the laneway to improve drop-off and pick-up safety.
Crs Brunt, Brown and McEwen all praised the committee for their commitment and professional presentation.
Cr Andrew McEwen noted that the centre already boasted 25 per cent usage by the community but he wondered “when it will get critical to have a third court?”
Bill Jeffs added some comments at this point saying that Basketball Victoria looked on Korumburra as one of 11 key junior development locations in the state.
“They say we could develop as an area of excellence for basketball in the state,” he said.
Later in the day, council voted to allocate $175,000 each to the recreation centre and the Korumburra Recreation Reserve but council decided not to support a BBQ/rotunda idea for the western entrance to town.
Three other towns, Foster, Mirboo North and Venus Bay also received $400,000 each.
Foster: $400,000 to provide recycled water infrastructure for the Foster Showgrounds.
Mirboo North: $300,000 for Baromi Park masterplanning and upgrades and $100,000 for footpaths, particularly the north side of Couper Street and crossovers to assist with accessibility.
Venus Bay: $125,000 for wildlife and environment projects including Van Cleef Reserve, $125,000 for skate facilities and $150,000 for the Venus Bay Surf Lifesaving Club.
Rec centre puts best foot forward