Kings Park will receive funding for a major upgrade if the Liberals Nationals Coalition is elected in November, according to Member for Euroa Steph Ryan.
Ms Ryan and Shadow Sport Minister Danny O’Brien announced an election commitment of $760,000 for Kings Park at the Seymour Football Netball Club recently.
The funding commitment would see $550,000 go towards upgrading the Seymour Football Netball Club rooms and create a permanent home for Little Athletics Seymour.
It would also see $100,000 to improve the Ken Hall Pavilion, including a makeover for the Seymour Agricultural and Pastoral Society and Eastern Hill Club plus a raft of smaller allocations.
Kings Park management committee has developed a master plan for the site, in co-ordination with the Mitchell Shire Council, as well as a plan setting out priority projects to improve the facility.
These would include a second netball court and new netball change rooms, with work on this project already under way.
According to council, the next priority project is an integrated agricultural pavilion to replace the two existing ones.
Kings Park and Eastern Hill Cricket Club committee member, Ken Hall, said a funding boost of this proportion committed by the Nationals would be a game-changer for the site, benefiting a wide range of people in Seymour.
‘‘Kings Park is really the hub of the town,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s not just football and netball . . . the Seymour Agricultural Show and the Seymour Expo use it, as well many other community events.’’
Seymour Lions football vice-captain Dylan Scopel said there were some basic issues plaguing the club rooms.
Only two showers have hot water and an overhaul would provide a significant morale booster.
‘‘The oval is already is such good condition, so an upgrade would complement it and make Kings Park a really appealing place to come play footy and draw money into the club, putting it on the front foot to a brighter future,’’ he said.
Mr Scopel also said there’s often a clash after games with both the general public and footballers needing to use the same amenities.
‘‘The main thoroughfare to the toilets is actually through the boys’ showers, so there’s zero privacy,’’ he said.
‘‘Also the girls still use the change rooms — it’s a pretty unsavory place for the netballers to have to deal with after a game.’’
SNFC netball player Courtney Aldous agreed, saying the new netball change rooms can’t come soon enough.
‘‘After the game we’re hot, sweaty and knackered in our gross netball gear and we don’t have any facilities over at the netball courts — they’re being built at the moment,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s a bit hard using the boys’ area because they’re always in there and we don’t want to take up their space or get ready in their area . . . and there’s always people going back and forth so it’s just a bit of a mess in there.’’
On the other side of Kings Park improvements are also needed according to Eastern Hill cricketer Ben Collard.
‘‘It’s pretty dangerous with the holes and the playground behind us with people hitting balls out of the nets and hitting kids, so we’ve been after new cricket nets for a while now,’’ he said.
‘‘So an upgrade would be great for the juniors and I reckon we’d get a lot more people down, because [at the moment] they see the nets and they want to go to other clubs. It just doesn’t look good.’’
Ms Ryan said the $760 000 would secure Kings Park as the region’s premier sporting and events centre.
‘‘A serious revamp will mean Seymour’s senior and junior footballers will have modern change rooms, and will no longer have to be embarrassed about hosting clubs from other towns,’’ Ms Ryan said.
But Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said she has already been working with the SNFC, Mitchell Shire Council and the Kings Park Committee of Management.
‘‘Kings Park is a great community asset for Seymour and I’m proud to have recently delivered a new netball court with lighting and new unisex change rooms,’’ Ms Symes said.
‘‘Council is already in discussions with the government around grant opportunities for those works.
‘‘The Liberals and Nationals ignored Seymour when they were last in Government. I will continue to work hard for the Seymour community as I have since being elected — not just because it’s an election year.’’