Future-proofing Regional Council of Goyder

Members met to discuss future-proofing Burra's sporting areas.
Members met to discuss future-proofing Burra's sporting areas.

Representatives from a number of the Burra sporting, recreation and school community met with Regional Council of Goyder to make a new game plan. 

Council's Chief Executive Officer David Stevenson, Burra Ward Councillors Heidi Thompson and Bill Gebhardt and Council staff met with the representatives at the Burra Council chambers to discuss the potential opportunity of a plan to re-develop and re-invigorate the Burra sporting complex, sport clubs and school precinct area.

The project idea arose from an innovative proposal submitted to Council by school representatives, with support from local sporting and recreation groups in 2017.

At the meeting Mr Stevenson noted that any development at the sporting complex and school precinct would help to ‘future proof’ sport and recreation, having the added potential to increase population and visitor numbers to the region.

The flow-on benefits a potential new sports complex could include additional and new future events, increased economic stimulus and tourism in the Goyder region.

Council has demonstrated its support for the concept through its inclusion in the Regional Council of Goyder’s Master Plan 2018-2033, which is currently out for community consultation.

Sporting and recreation clubs are eager to see their individual sports and the broader community benefit from an invigorated sports complex and have expressed their enthusiasm to work together.

The clubs are motivated to engage in club development to aid, improve and strengthen the opportunity to raise further funds and gain external funding to support the project.

Council will invite presidents of all the sporting and recreation clubs in Burra to attend, or have input into, an upcoming meeting in March.

It is envisaged a working committee will be formed to explore the project opportunities, communicate with the broad spectrum of community groups and be involved in the developmental discussions.