Goodwood Oval & Millswood Sporting Complex back on the agenda

A staged implementation plan for Goodwood Oval and Millswood Sporting Complex in accordance with the resolution of Council on August 2014 I expect to be presented to Council at this months full council meeting.

 

This report should outline the approach for further community engagement, detailed design, priority projects and funding options.

The consultants for the project have taken on board what we heard during the public consultation last year. Their report will be their response to all the information garnered during the consultation.

It remains to be seen what they recommend but I am hopeful there are a number of initiatives that we can take on that will not impact significantly on our budget. This plan has been in the pipeline now since 2006 and I believe it is time we actually get to the point sooner rather than later of actually achieving something on the ground.

There are some little ticket items that I believe we can reasonable undertake. Bigger ticket times will always have to wait on Government funding. These need to be designed and costed so they are ready for implementation of funding becomes available.

Whatever is proposed will be taken back out to the public for their information and edification.

 

 

Goodwood Oval & Millswood Reserve Open Day

If you have an interest in how Goodwood Oval or it’s neighbour Millswood Park will look in the future and what they can provide the community don’t forget that the open day is this Saturday.

The sessions will be as follows:
  • Goodwood Oval from 9.30 am until 12.30 pm
  • Millswood Sporting Complex from 1.00 pm until 4.00 pm

From there you can catch the showdown, either at the Adelaide Oval, or at home.
                      

Goodwood Oval/Millswood Reserve Improvement Plans

While Council’s survey on the improvement plan closed a week ago your input can still be provided.

The project team is currently collating the information received. I suspect they will notify what they have received at the  community information day on Saturday 29 March at both sites.  This is your last chance to inform the options that will be considered in the concept plans the development which will commence after the community information day.
The sessions will be as follows:
  • Goodwood Oval from 9.30 am until 12.30 pm
  • Millswood Sporting Complex from 1.00 pm until 4.00 pm

From there you can catch the showdown, either at the Adelaide Oval, or at home.
                      

A Heads up on Goodwood Oval/Millswood Park Improvement Plans

Jennie & I have had a briefing on the process of developing the improvement plan with the Consultant. 

They (the consultant) have commenced with one on one discussions with the various clubs and have advised we have received a number of responses from residents already. A good start.

The purpose of this blog post is provide everyone with an idea of what to expect from the process going forward. Obviously the one on one stalks and the assessing of responses will continue.

As you are already I trust aware we will have two forums on the 29th Match (one month from now, one at each location. The members of the Goodwood Oval Reference Group I except will be given personal invitations to the Goodwood Oval session.

A week later it is proposed to have a meeting with all the clubs from each location, again in tow sessions. It is then expected that the consultants will be able to brief all elected members in the 1st week of May, followed by a session with all stakeholders a coupe of weeks later.

The consultants final draft should then be ready to go out for public edification mid May.

An Opportunity of a Generation for the Generations of the Future

What do you think Goodwood Oval & Millswood Park should look and feel like in the future. We are keen to know your thoughts as we plan for the future use of these two facilities.

I am blogging again on this topic as I am passionate in making sure you know you have and take the opportunity to shape the future of the premier sporting facility of the west side of the City of Unley.

Council is keen to have a blueprint for future improvements so that we can take advantage and any future grant funding opportunities that may come our way from the Federal or State Governments. If we fail to have a blueprint then we will fail to attract funding if ever it becomes available. In other words we need to be project ready if ever an opportunity presents itself.

As I noted in previous posts on this blog site Council has, through its Community Assets Review, spoken to the sporting clubs using these facilities. We have determined each have a wish list that they see are important initiatives for the future of their respective clubs.

You will have a chance to respond to these wish lists. But more importantly we need to know what you think can be improved.

The public consultation currently under way has seen all residents within a 1.5 km radius of the grounds receive a letter requesting their thoughts. You can snail mail or email this back to council. A survey is available on our Have Your Say webpage at http://yoursay.unley.sa.gov.au/article/goodwood-oval-and-millswood-sporting-complex-improvement-plan to facilitate this.

And the Goodwood Oval Reference Group website provides opportunity to have a say. They can be found at http://www.goodwoodoval.org/ and the have your say option can be found at the top right hand corner of the screen.

The upcoming public forums at Goodwood Oval and Millswood Park will be on us soon, indeed as soon as next week.

Goodwood Oval will be held from 9.30 am – 12.30 pm
Millswood Park (shown on the map as SASMEE Park) will be held from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm

If there are things that you think would help make these facilities better then please contribute. A facility for all to enjoy not just now for the current generations, but for those who will follow us.

One West of Unley Sporting Club Struggling

Amid all the stories on the blog site about successful sporting clubs in the City of Unley’s west comes a storey of struggle and a fight for survival.


I have been only too conscious that this club has been fighting for survival for many years now and has come close previously to folding. With Council to develop an improvement plan for the Millswood facility commencing early next year the question of the clubs viability will be bought into strong focus.

The following is a storey from John Stokes at the Eastern Courier.

MILLSWOOD Bowling Club is determined not to roll over despite a shortage of players jeopardising the 90-year-old club’s future.

The club is calling for players to boost its 18-member stocks and allow it to continue fielding teams in Wednesday and Saturday pennant competitions.

Club president Dave Serrels said the club was in a good position financially but it needed to double its playing numbers to prevent closure.

“If the club folded everybody would scatter to the winds,” Mr Serrels said. “We’ve made a lot of good friends here and we’d just like to stay together.”

Mr Serrels has been involved with the Millswood Cres club, founded in 1922, for more than 20 years and said people had fought for many years to keep the club going. “We’re financial but we haven’t got enough players … ideally we’d like about 40 members,” Mr Serrels said.

The club will hold a special general meeting this weekend to determine if it can field teams this season.
Mr Serrels said the club hoped to build up its Thursday night social competition, which had 10 teams, and attract bowlers to play pennant competitions.

“What we’d ideally like is for people to come and join our night owls and get interested from there,” he said
“No previous experience is required.”

Former club president Pat Reilly said the club’s membership had dwindled as people retired from the game, moved away or died.

“The problem with the pressures of the 21st century is that people with young families find it difficult to commit time wise which has made recruiting a difficult process,” Mr Reilly said. “There are people out there who are looking for some sort of a social outlet, I’m sure, but we just don’t know where they live.”

He said lawn bowls was a sport for all ages and had positive social and health outcomes. “The saying is ‘lawn bowls is a young person’s sport but old people can still play it’,” he said.

“By the same token, you’re walking about 10km in an afternoon, albeit at a fairly slow, casual pace.
“It is a good workout without knocking yourself about.

“There are five of us sitting here (at the club) now having a quiet pint in the sunshine – you could be at home watching Days of Our Lives or something but it’s a bit more interesting down here.”


Would you or anyone you know like to join Millswood Bowling Club as a social or competition bowler? Contact the club on 8271 3172.

90-year-old Millswood Bowling Club fights for survival

While I espoused the phenomenal success of the various sporting clubs in the western suburbs of the City of Unley here is one needing help.
The following is a transcript of an article by John Stokes of the Eastern Courier.
MILLSWOOD Bowling Club is determined not to roll over despite a shortage of players jeopardising the 90-year-old club’s future.
The club is calling for players to boost its 18-member stocks and allow it to continue fielding teams in Wednesday and Saturday pennant competitions.
Club president Dave Serrels said the club was in a good position financially but it needed to double its playing numbers to prevent closure.
“If the club folded everybody would scatter to the winds,” Mr Serrels said.
“We’ve made a lot of good friends here and we’d just like to stay together.”
Mr Serrels has been involved with the Millswood Cres club, founded in 1922, for more than 20 years and said people had fought for many years to keep the club going.
“We’re financial but we haven’t got enough players … ideally we’d like about 40 members,” Mr Serrels said.
The club will hold a special general meeting this weekend to determine if it can field teams this season.
Mr Serrels said the club hoped to build up its Thursday night social competition, which had 10 teams, and attract bowlers to play pennant competitions.
“What we’d ideally like is for people to come and join our night owls and get interested from there,” he said
“No previous experience is required.”
Former club president Pat Reilly said the club’s membership had dwindled as people retired from the game, moved away or died.
“The problem with the pressures of the 21st century is that people with young families find it difficult to commit time wise which has made recruiting a difficult process,” Mr Reilly said.
“There are people out there who are looking for some sort of a social outlet, I’m sure, but we just don’t know where they live.”
He said lawn bowls was a sport for all ages and had positive social and health outcomes.
“The saying is ‘lawn bowls is a young person’s sport but old people can still play it’,” he said.
“By the same token, you’re walking about 10km in an afternoon, albeit at a fairly slow, casual pace.
“It is a good workout without knocking yourself about.
“There are five of us sitting here (at the club) now having a quiet pint in the sunshine – you could be at home watching Days of Our Lives or something but it’s a bit more interesting down here.”
Would you or anyone you know like to join Millswood Bowling Club as a social or competition bowler? Contact the club on 8271 3172.