Campaign for Urunga stadium progresses

THE campaign to build a much needed sport stadium for clubs in Urunga and the Bellinger Valley has taken a major step forward.

Bellingen Shire councillors this week voted unanimously for a feasibility study to be undertaken into a proposed Indoor Multi-purpose Sports Stadium in Urunga.

For more than a decade, sporting groups have been lobbying the council for the facility, saying current facilities are inadequate for their needs.

The stadium would avoid the need for indoor soccer, basketball, netball and other sporting clubs to drive to Coffs Harbour to compete.

The councillors' vote follows a workshop held in October last year when council staff were briefed on various issues associated with the proposal including reserve planning requirements and facility ownership.

The Bellinger Valley Braves Sports Stadium Committee had also tabled proposed operational arrangements and a business plan.

In February and March this year, council staff met with the Urunga Reserve Recreation Committee and held a community meeting to discuss complexities over site ownership.

They included potential heritage issues, environmental considerations and the responsibility of various trusts established by the Crown.

The feasibility study will be funded through the council's Section 94 fund and a further report will be brought forward to assess the scope of works and address any future budget allocation.

Submissions in support of the study included the Bellinger Valley Braves and the Urunga Cricket Club.

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