Wynyard’s recreation area in Tasmania's north will be extensively made over if the council’s draft recreation plan gets the tick from the public.
The reserve comprises the three areas of the football ground and bowls club, the indoor sports complex, outdoor tennis courts, squash courts and community garden, and the Wynyard High School oval.
After talks with the many groups using the reserve, the Waratah-Wynyard Council is proposing an $8,995,000 upgrade.
Most importantly, the council wants to raise community use of the precinct by making it more accessible and by cutting costs for clubs and groups.
The draft plan says there needs to be a more sustainable number of hard courts for tennis and netball and multiple cricket and football grounds. There should be multiple playing surfaces for indoor and outdoor sports.
The plan also wants to integrate school and community facilities, and to better meet women’s needs with an asset upgrade over time.
To help develop sports, the upgraded school oval could host junior sports, school competitions and pre-season training.
A key element is for the council to consider sharing the cost of sports turf management across multiple sports such as football, cricket, lawn bowls and golf.
Tenants could also share asset and facility management with the council and the school.
In practice, the plan would be carried out over ten years with the council funding about one third of the estimated cost.
Draft proposals include:
* Move the Wynyard Cricket Club to the football ground with new shared clubrooms
* Joint development of High School land for sport including turf wickets, upgraded outdoor playing fields, an expanded gym and an extra court for netball
* Install training lights on the high school oval, add two extra cricket nets
* Consolidate indoor facilities in the precinct by expanding to a minimum of two court netball/basketball facilities and integrate the squash courts as well as building a tennis pavilion
* Redevelop recreation/football ground and allow for the resizing of the playing field to full size AFL and senior cricket ground, with a running/exercise circuit connecting to the river and the Frederick Street Reserve, replaced fencing and new football and cricket clubrooms
* Ongoing development of lawn bowls by supporting the lawn bowls club to provide more for juniors and people with disabilities and upgrading the kitchen and clubrooms.
* Roads and parking could be improved by closing part of the road between the recreation ground and the indoor sporting facility, minimising car parking on the recreation ground site and in the longer term, buying land for future car parking.
The public can comment on the draft plan until Friday 1 September at 5pm at www.warwyn.tas.gov.au/yoursay.