Mildura Weekly : Friday November 29 2013 Vol 8 No 5
Mildura Weekly – 29/11/13 3 www.milduraphonebook.com.au By BEN PISCIONERI A CONSULTANTS’ report pre- sented at last night’s Mildura Rural City Council meeting has added more weight to calls for the region’s next major sport- ing complex to be built in Mil- dura South. The report by Hansen Part- nership was commissioned by Council to assess the best loca- tion for recreation land to cater for future growth in Mildura South, but also included dis- cussion about future sporting reserves. The results of the report, the Mildura South Recreation As- sessment November 2013, will form part of Council’s wider South Mildura Structure Plan in preparation for an expected growth in the area to between 8,000 and 10,000 residents in coming years. The report highlighted the fact that Mildura’s existing ma- jor sporting reserves were not in the city’s growth corridor. “All three major sport- ing reserves, Old Aerodrome, Mansell Reserve and Mildura Recreation Reserve are located between Twelfth Street and the river, whereas popula- tion growth has occurred and is projected to occur south of Fourteenth Street,” the report stated. “Council adopted rec- reation strategies therefore should indicate that future demand for sporting reserves should be accommodated in Mildura South.” However, Council stated in last night’s monthly meeting agenda that the location of any indoor facility was not “specifi- cally relevant” to the location of recreation needs for Mildura South residents. Addressing the broader is- sue of recreational land to ca- ter for Mildura South residents, the report identified the corner of Sixteenth Street and Deakin Avenue as the preferred loca- tion for the following reasons: • Council already owns three parcels of land totalling about 12 hectares at the site, aligned along Deakin Avenue. • the land is located on two key ‘access corridors’ - Deakin Avenue and Sixteenth Street - which will increase “both the existing and potential future access to a range of transport options, in particular public transport”. • the ability to maximise co-location and multi-use of the land. • the site’s location on Dea- kin Avenue is highly visible with the potential to be devel- oped as a “key feature” in the Mildura South area. Mildura Councillor for Sport and Recreation, Mark Eckel, backed the report’s find- ings. “This (Sixteenth Street and Deakin Avenue) is the appro- priate site for a number of rea- sons, the most significant being that it’s Council’s land and we don’t have to go out and buy land,” Cr Eckel said. “But also because of its lo- cation on the approach to Mil- dura. In time, when something is developed on this land, it will provide a real presence as far as the entry to Mildura is concerned, rather than just a block of vacant land. “We should be encouraging development on the approach- es to our city, and this is one of the major ones.” While supporting the devel- opment of recreation areas, Cr Eckel said he maintained that providing more essential ser- vices for the increasing number of young families in the area should still be among the top priorities. “We have given serious con- sideration to the burgeoning population in South Mildura, and with a school bursting at the seams, we need another school and we need an area for family services. In my esti- mation, they are the priorities and this recreation opportunity should be secondary to that.” The Sixteenth Street and Deakin Avenue site was pre- viously earmarked for the re- gion’s next major sporting complex several years ago, but failed to proceed due to difficulties acquiring nearby privately-owned land, an issue noted in the Hansen Partner- ship report. “It is understood that there may be concern about revisit- ing an area for development (and therefore some land ac- quisition) that was previously identified problematic by an independent panel and was the cause of considerable commu- nity concern,” it stated. However the authors point- ed out that the development of a recreation reserve at the site could proceed in a range of dif- ferent configurations and did not have to involve the acquisi- tion of dwellings. It was also pointed out that any major development could proceed in a staged approach, concluding that the Deakin Av- enue and Sixteenth Street site offered the most “overall bene- fit for the Mildura community”. Site earmarked for recreation precinct “This is the appropriate site for a number of reasons, the most significant being that it’s Council’s land and we don’t have to go out and buy land,” - Mildura Rural City Councillor for Sport and Recreation, Mark Eckel. • Mildura Rural City Councillor for Sport and Recreation Mark Eckel. Cert no. L2/0024.2011 GARMINTRACKINGUNITSAVAILABLETOORDER At this weeks Red Cliffs Market P 0404 710 680 15 %OFF SELECTED ITEMS* *In stock only. Excluding Garmin Tracking Units. On sale Sun 1st - Sat 7th Dec or until sold out. 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