28 August 2017
Wallan Secondary College has scored more than half a million dollars’ worth of upgrades, including a new oval which will be shared with the community to help ease the pressure on sporting facilities in the town.
Through the Victorian Government’s Shared Facilities Fund, $585,000 has been allocated for a new oval and lighting, as well as $46,000 for an air conditioning system for the school’s new performing arts centre which is under construction.
The school’s current oval is unusable because of its poor condition and lack of lighting.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said the oval upgrade would benefit not only students, but the wider community.
“The growth currently being experienced in Wallan places pressure on existing facilities such as Greenhill Reserve, which is already at capacity for both winter and summer sports,” Cr Sanderson said.
“Add to this the boom in the popularity of sports such as girls' and womens' football, and there is a clear need for more sporting facilities in the southern part of the shire."
Cr Sanderson said this was a great example of how forward planning and partnerships can help get results for the community.
"I'd like to thank our State Members of Parliament, the school and our sporting clubs for working together with Council to secure these important additions for our community," she said.
“This upgrade is a great medium-term solution that will help serve the community’s needs until more recreational and open space options are explored as part of Council’s planning for a recent land purchase on the southern side of Greenhill Reserve.
“Meanwhile, installing a climate control system at the school’s new performing arts centre will be an invaluable addition that will open the facility up to the community to use comfortably all year round.”
Wallan Secondary College Principal Sally Lasslett said the school looked forward to seeing the projects come to fruition.
“We are so pleased to see these projects funded. Our oval is in desperate need of a makeover as it currently isn’t in a fit condition to be used by students or members of the community, while air conditioning at our performing arts centre will be a welcome addition,” Mrs Lasslett said.
“This is a wonderful example of achieving great outcomes for our community by forming partnerships and working collaboratively.”
The project is the second in Mitchell Shire funded through the Share Facilities Fund, following last week’s announcement of $121,275 for a lighting upgrade for the soccer pitch at Broadford Secondary College.
The Shared Facilities Fund was announced in the 2016/17 State Budget to build much-needed facilities at schools in growing areas.