Sports precincts feedback wanted

Councillor Jim Mason

By Cr Jim Mason

The Ocean Grove community has a proud sporting heritage, owing to its success in multiple sports and in various competitions.

It is why it is so important that the Council has endorsed the release of the draft Ocean Grove Sporting Infrastructure Plan.

We know how much sport means to Ocean Grove residents, and those in neighbouring suburbs.

Three years ago the City commissioned a review and update of the 2010 Ocean Grove Sporting Infrastructure Plan.

Key stakeholders provided input into the development of the draft plan, which addresses such topics as the significant population growth in the area and female participation demands.

It also looks at six reserves, these being Arthur Powell Reserve, Collendina Reserve, Devlins Road Reserve, Memorial Reserve, Shell Road Reserve and Wallington Reserve, and the sporting and recreation activities conducted at them to best understand how to maximise their use.

Some of the strategies identified within the draft plan include relocating the Surfside Waves Soccer Club to Devlins Road Reserve, converting the existing soccer pitches at Shell Road Reserve to a

second oval suitable for football and cricket, and upgrading the Memorial Reserve hall.

Ocean Grove’s population continues to grow at a rapid rate and developing communities need an adequate supply of quality facilities to support an active and healthy population.

Increased female participation rates are a key driver in the rising demands, so we want to hear from as many people as possible about the requirements for the future.

I encourage the Ocean Grove community to provide feedback on this draft plan, which will help shape the long-term future of sport in Ocean Grove and nearby areas.

Please visit – consultations will close on July 10.