A sporting chance for second stadium

NEW PLANS: All smiles announcing a $45,000 feasibility study into a second stadium for Myrtleford last week were (from left) Ovens Valley candidate Tim McCurdy (MLA, Murray Valley), Myrtleford Indoor Stadium Complex committee member Cesare Rizzi, Myrtleford and District Basketball Association president Andrew McKerral, Bill Sykes (MLA, Benalla) and Alpine Shire councillors John Forsyth and Ron Janas. PHOTO: Justin Jenvey

MYRTLEFORD is a step closer to adding a second indoor sports stadium after receiving funding to begin a feasibility study for a new facility.

Funding of $45,000 was announced last week by Bill Sykes (MLA, Benalla), Ovens Valley candidate Tim McCurdy (MLA, Murray Valley) and the Alpine Shire to get the project under way.

The money is made up of a $30,000 contribution from the Victorian Government and the remaining $15,000 from the Alpine Shire.

Both state and local government representatives indicated the project is a priority for the community, noting the increasing demand for use of the existing stadium, spearheaded by the area’s strong basketball fraternity.

Myrtleford’s basketball participation numbers are well above the Victorian average, and a when comparing them against other North East towns there is a strong case to warrant another stadium.

Myrtleford and District Basketball Association president Andrew McKerral recently made contact with the Alpine Shire suggesting a second indoor sports facility was very much required.

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