Cash already committed to planned sporting precinct revealed
THE council put aside $180,000 for a planned sports precinct in the current budget - and it has forecast an additional $270,000 for 2014-15.
Those funds are additional to the $46,000 it spent on the draft master plan for the $53 million project.
But councillor Darren Everard said it would prove money well spent in years to come.
"We are in the process of planning for the future of the region," he said.
"We are not planning for next year; we are planning for the future and it's going to take time but it will be worthwhile."
Cr Everard said it was important the community understood a facility like the proposed precinct would attract large-scale events.
He said sporting groups needed to consider that they could experience substantial growth in the next couple of decades.
Following further analysis of the draft master plan, the Chronicle has found works items not included in the $53.2 million precinct estimate.
- Consultant says WBWC estimated additional water supply to the site at $420,000
- Upgrade of some road networks outside site boundaries
- Car parking beyond the 477 spaces included in the draft
- Permanent fencing for the cycling track
- Cost to provide road and pedestrian links to the site