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Birallee Park home of proposed regional cricket hub

Birallee Park will be the home of the proposed regional cricket hub.
 
A site assessment identified Birallee Park, home to the Wodonga Raiders cricket club as well as the football and netball club, as best placed to meet the needs of such a facility.
 
The assessment incorporated Cricket Australia’s Community Cricket Facilities Guidelines and
Cricket Australia’s Venue Guidelines as well as compatibility with present access and needs, opportunities for expansion and neighbourhood amenity.
 
The regional cricket hub is a great opportunity for Wodonga to house the key facility and operations delivering cricket for the communities of Albury-Wodonga, North East Victoria and the Riverina regions.
 
It will provide high-quality facilities to support the pathways system of cricket within the region.
 
The project will support improved operations for cricket to expand on opportunities for education, skills enhancement, new program development and access to events for the region.
 
Council officers will work closely with the existing users at Birallee Park to ensure their needs are considered and factored into this development. Neighbourhood amenity and community value has also been included in the assessment and will continue to be considered in the planning.
 
Martin Park was considered as an alternative site for the facility but the assessment showed Birallee Park had greater opportunities for expansion and less impact on existing users and local amenity.
 
The option has been endorsed by the project working group which includes Cricket Australia, Cricket Victoria and Cricket Albury-Wodonga.
 
The project working group will continue to operate and work with the council on the development. The group also includes representatives from Wangaratta District Cricket Association, Brockelsby Cricket Association, Albury Council, Cricket Victoria, Cricket NSW, Cricket Albury Wodonga, SRV and Wodonga Council.
 
An allocation of $600,000 was included in the 2017-2018 towards the $1.3 million facility. The project is subject to being able to secure external funding of $700,000.
 
The identification of the site means the project and design can be fully scoped, allowing an application to be submitted to Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV) for a grant of $500,000.
 
Associated cricket stakeholders will contribute the remaining $200,000.

Last updated: 13-07-2017

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