New plan could be positive

North Clare President and Clare Oval Redevelopment Committee member Ian Pearce at Clare Oval on Tuesday afternoon.
North Clare President and Clare Oval Redevelopment Committee member Ian Pearce at Clare Oval on Tuesday afternoon.

An ambitious plan to morph South Australia into the nation's sporting capital could benefit Clare.

On Sunday the state government announced its South Australian Sport and Recreation Infrastructure Plan.

It is hoped the plan will provide an economic, tourism and construction boost to the state via long term investment into sporting infrastructure.

The plan, to be released for public consultation next Monday, will allow the public to have their say to form the development of the plan.

Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing Corey Wingard said this was a chance for the state to improve its sporting infrastructure.

"This is also our chance to show our competitors that South Australia is open for sporting business and is a better place for future athletes to live, train and compete," Minister Wingard said.

"There is no reason we can’t become the premier sporting state in the nation but we as a state need to own it."

It will investigate potential upgrades and improvements from recreational facilities such as trails and parks, community infrastructure like swimming pools, courts and playing fields.

A spokesperon for Mr Wingard confirmed that the plan would include the whole of SA rather than a citycentric approach.

They said the Clare Oval redevelopment project was one that could benefit from the plan.

Plans for a redevelopment of the aging oval were first presented to Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council in 2015.

At a cost of $10.5 million, the plan included new lighting, resurfaced oval and a purpose-built State League facility.

The enclosure of the outdoor pool at the Valley's Lifestyle Centre was also earmarked as part of the plan.

Adelaide architectural firm Grieve Gillett Anderson was selected by Council to design the redevelopment in September 2017 but progress had stalled since.

President of North Clare and member of the Clare Oval Redevelopment Committee Ian Pearce said plans were still well and truly on the cards.

He expected further meetings with the committee to take place in the near future.

Under the plan, dialogue would be opened between local government, sporting clubs and associations.

The community would also have a say regarding their priorities for sport in the region.