New Lonsdale Reserve Committee secretary Bethany Robinson joined the committee to help improve the Lonsdale Recreation Reserve “as a multi-sport precinct and a fantastic asset to the entire community”.
“A recreation reserve is frequented by many visitors to our town including football/netball, cricket and tennis opposition, and is often a first point of call for people who travel the country side in caravans,” she told The Yarrawonga Chronicle.
“I want people to be blown away when they visit Lonsdale Reserve.”
Beth has seen a decline in tennis players in recent years and also noticed Mulwala struggling to field junior football teams. It is hoped that with improving facilities at the reserve, an increase in participation for all clubs and user groups currently at the reserve will result, as well as attracting new users from the entire community.
As a parent, participating in sport has become more difficult according to Beth. “I’m hoping it will be a bit easier once we get a new playground so children are safe and entertained,” she said.
An upgrade of playground equipment is to be undertaken during 2018/19, courtesy of a grant funding and council is to announce further grants in August, in which a new $300,000 playground may be advised.
Former Corowa Shire Councillor, and a Mulwala and district Citizen of the Year, Jan Doyle, said some magnificent projects have been undertaken over the years at Lonsdale Reserve, including the main pavilion for football and netball, and new netball courts, as a combination of Federal and/or State Government grants, and local council loans with no interest charged.
“But things like roads, drainage, dust and public toilets have been a problem for years and years,” general community representative on the committee, she added.
“These things need to be addressed now. The dust problem has been horrendous and the drainage problem will become a lot worse again soon with the winter.”
A consultant has been commissioned to update the Lonsdale Reserve Master Plan, the same consultant who proposed the existing plan some years ago.
“He met with us about two months ago,” committee president Rod Sissons said.
Considerable interest centres around the rundown Bay 13 building. Murray River Boxing Gym has expressed an interest in using the facility for training.
“It would be fabulous to have another user group at this facility on a regular basis,” Beth said. Having a tennis hit-up wall, opening an entrance from Dunmore St to reduce traffic within the reserve and planting trees are on the existing master plan which is to undergo review.
Resurfacing the tennis courts and making them dual purpose basketball courts has since been suggested.
There are currently no public access basketball courts in the two towns despite the sport increasing in popularity.
This was a top priority requested by Mulwala Public School students. “We may have a lake, a footy oval and netball courts but we would like a basketball court down at the footy ground as there are no free areas for us to play basketball on,” Grade 6 student Janes Frazer said back in February.
James spoke at Federation Council’s community workshop, at the school, on February 27. The workshop was in connection with development of council’s Community Strategic Plan for the next 10 years.
Other suggested improvements include:
· Removing current tennis shed and replacing with new shelter including table and chairs, and possibly a barbecue.
· Installing a new playground.
· Installing outdoor work out stations
“It is great that people are so passionate but we want more ideas,” Beth said. “We’d welcome all ideas.
“If people would like to contact us with ideas, they can do so through the facebook page, Lonsdale Recreation Reserve https://www.facebook.com/LonsdaleRR/ , or leave suggestions at the Mulwala Library.”