Shape future of Stanhope sport

June 07, 2018

Shire of Campaspe senior planner Fraser Neele, Stanhope Community Recreation Precinct Working Party chairman Andrew Hipwell, Inisght Leisure Planning staff Mark Frisby and Jayson Moran, and Stanhope Community Recreation Precinct Working Party member Stephen Browne.

LOCALS are encouraged to have their say on the master plan process for the redevelopment of the Stanhope Community Recreation Precinct.

The precinct, which covers the recreation reserve’s football, netball and cricket club facilities, the adjoining school oval, nearby tennis club court and rooms, as well as the community hall, is set for a major upgrade.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and the Department of Education own the land covered in the precinct.

Recreation precinct working party chairman Andrew Hipwell said discussions began almost a year ago with Campaspe Shire Council and AFL Goulburn Murray, prompted by the increasingly dilapidated community facilities.

Following a meeting to discuss small oval upgrades and lighting for junior football, a larger review occurred of the other recreation facilities in the town.

This meeting was initiated about the same time an AFL Goulburn Murray assets review rated the Stanhope facilities as poor.

‘‘We came to the conclusion we should look at all the facilities and build state-of-the-art ones to keep our sporting clubs and organisations going in the future,’’ Mr Hipwell said.

Representatives from the town’s sporting and community groups came together to form a working group to bring the idea to fruition.

With a shared vision, the working party raised the $25,000 needed to secure a consultant to work with the broader community and sporting groups to develop a master plan.

It is anticipated the redevelopment may take up to 10 years to complete, which Mr Hipwell said was looking at costing $2 million to $3 million. ‘‘We have employed Jayson Moran from Insight Leisure Planning as a consultant who will start work on the master plan,’’ Mr Hipwell said.

The community survey can be accessed at or from the Stanhope Post Office.

Submissions close June 10.

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