Recreation strategy review

THE construction of a new multi-million dollar sports facility is at the top of Cooma-Monaro Shire Council's 10-year recreational facilities strategy.

Improved soccer facilities at Nijong Oval, a skate park at Bredbo and Michelago, indoor netball courts and mountain bike tracks around Cooma are also part of the strategy, which is currently open for public comment.

The strategy describes what recreation facilities and standard of facilities that the community requires in the next 10 years. It comprises a number of key directions to work towards to achieve this.

One of the two major projects outlined in the strategy is the $16 million sports facility with fields and amenities for rugby league, rugby union, cricket and other uses.

Council has already investigated Memorial Park, on the northern outskirts of town adjacent to the Monaro Highway as a potential site for the facility, and is waiting on the outcome of an Aboriginal land claim at the location.

The other top priority for council in the plan over the next 10 years is to establish major playgrounds strategically throughout Cooma and villages. One playground would be completed every two years according to the strategy.

There are also a number of "minor projects" included in the strategy.

The first is improving soccer facilities at an estimated cost of $30,000. Under the strategy the cricket pitches would be located off the soccer field and there would be a soccer training area off the field.

A new skatepark facility at Bredbo and Michelago is also on the list at a cost of about $50,000.

Over the next 10 years council will also be looking to develop a shared use track to Murrumbidgee Reserve using existing road reserve extending the existing cycleway along Mittagang Road. This is estimated to cost about $400,000.

Council will also be looking to develop a shire Mountain Bike plan including the development of tracks and engage local users to develop a plan.

The strategy says council would work with Cooma Visitors Centre to develop collateral for $2,000 to $15,000 for this project.

While a cost of indoor netball courts was unknown it was included in the list with council looking to undertake a feasibility study of partnering Monaro High School or extending the existing basketball stadium.

Upgrading facilities at Numeralla at a cost of $60,000, Michelago Oval upgrades costing $100,000, and raising the standard of tennis courts was also included in the plan.

Submissions close on August 21 at 5pm.

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