Naracoorte stadium concept presentation to council

Naracoorte's indoor sports stadium committee has taken another step forward by updating the council on the project.

Following a community presentation the previous week, committee members met with elected members and council staff at a workshop this week to bring them up to speed.

The proposal is for a $5.2 million facility with two basketball/netball courts, function room and other features, as well as car parking, to be built near the existing basketball stadium at the sports centre.

The concept has been developed to address two immediate needs – a shortfall in court space for basketball, particularly juniors, and the deteriorating state of the outdoor netball/tennis courts.

Council CEO Trevor Smart said last week's presentation was general in nature and didn't seek a commitment from council on finance or other support.

He said it was too early in the process to discuss a possible breakdown of the funding required for the project - and the council's potential role - however he said overall, the council was supportive of the concept.

"Council generally thought some excellent work has been done by the community and the basketball and netball people up there to explore the options available," he said.

Mr Smart said the "seed has been sown" for people to start thinking about the future of the sports centre, and how they could play a part by contributing to the upcoming sports centre master plan.

The plan will be released for public comment soon, and Mr Smart backed mayor Erika Vickery's statement at the community presentation that it was vital that people have their say on the plan.

The final master plan will set the long-term framework for facilities at the sports centre, and anyone from the public can make a submission to be considered as part of the consultation process.

Mr Smart said the stadium committee itself was now waiting for the release of the plan so it could submit its ideas for inclusion.

"Their next steps are to engage in the master plan and see what comes of that from other users and the community."

Follow updates in the Herald to find out how and when you can join the consultation process.