MEMBER for Shepparton Jeanette Powell recently invited Minister for Sport, Hugh Delahunty, to Shepparton in a bid to showcase the value that a specialist soccer ground would have in Shepparton.
Mr Delahunty and Mrs Powell met with Greater Shepparton City Mayor, Geoff Dobson and Council Greater Shepparton Football Advisory Group and Shepparton Junior Soccer Association representatives to inspect existing facilities at McEwen Reserve and Chas Johnson Reserve.
“Participation and interest in soccer has undergone exceptional growth in this region and the Minister and I were shown plans to upgrade the facilities to meet the growing need and to ensure the grounds and facilities are capable of attracting statewide competitions,” Mrs Powell said.
“Football Federation Victoria has identified Shepparton as its preferred location for a premier soccer facility for the Goulburn North East region and the council took the opportunity to outline its plans for a regional football precinct at McEwen Reserve.”
Sentiments echoed by Greater Shepparton City Council Manager Recreation and Parks, Brendan Gosstray.
“The Minister clearly had a good understanding of what we’re trying to do here and acknowledged that our facilities needed to be upgraded,” he said.
“Council has adopted a Greater Shepparton Football Plan that outlines the need to accommodate growth of the sport and to capitalise on the economic benefits that a premier football complex can provide.
“The Council’s principle framework for strategic investment in sports infrastructure – Sport 2050 – also nominates the development of a community football complex as a high priority.”
The Greater Shepparton Football Plan and Sport 2050 document are available on Council’s website.