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Mitchell Shire Council seeks $4.1 million in project funding

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Jordyn Grubisic
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Jordyn Grubisic is a senior journalist for the North Central Review primarily covering politics at all levels and sport with a particular interest in basketball. Since 2019 she has worked for several publications across Victoria including most recently at the Alexandra Standard and Yea Chronicle. She is always keen to hear from local community members about issues they face and has an interest in crime and court reporting.

Mitchell Shire Council will submit three applications totalling $4.1 million to Sport and Recreation Victoria’s Regional Community Sports Infrastructure Fund, RCSIF, 2024.

Council will submit applications for $1 million towards the $1.716 million Seymour Tennis Centre Complex Courts and Lighting Upgrade project, $1 million towards the $1.250 million Kilmore Leisure Centre Access Upgrade project, and $2.1 million towards the $2.8 million Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre Upgrade project.

The Seymour Tennis Complex Court and Lighting project relates to the four courts within enclosure one no longer compliant with current standards and guidelines, requiring complete renewal and upgrade.

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Eight other courts no longer required at the site will also be removed.

The Kilmore Leisure Centre Access Upgrade project is based on an audit which identified a significant number of access issues at the site, including to the building itself, changes in levels within, changeroom and pool access deficiencies.

The Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre Upgrade project includes changeroom and storage works to improve operations for emergency relief centre and indoor stadium users, provision of multipurpose community meeting spaces to replace the Chittick Community Place demountable, and improved dry programming and administration including an expanded gymnasium with 24-hour access, improvements to group fitness spaces, changerooms, reception and administration areas.

Applications for round one funding close March 27, 2024 with successful applications expected to be announced from July.

Projects must be completed with 24 months of the singing of fund agreements and council will be responsible for meeting any project over-run costs.

Councillor Bill Chisholm said the applications were really important for the community.

“Overall we’re after state contributions of $4.1 million and council contributions of $1.6 million which, considering council’s budget, is a very big ask,” he said.

“So I’d like to thank everybody taking part in these respective projects and thank you for all your work.”

Councillor Annie Goble thanked RCSIF for previous support.

“We’ve had some fantastic projects where we’ve been given funding and we hope that they will support us in this advocacy project that we’ve got,” she said.

“They’re very, very worthwhile projects benefitting our community so hopefully [they] will be supportive of these projects financially.”

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