EDITORIAL: Sporting plan considered
LAVINGTON Swim Centre may be replaced with a flood-lit synthetic soccer field and a bigger playing area for such sports as touch football and soccer at Jelbart Park.
The move is part of an Albury Council master plan for Jelbart Park, which is now on display.
The council will also consider the city’s swimming centre needs in the next 18 months and the result of that review could determine whether the pool is closed and a multipurpose synthetic surface is built.
Council director James Jenkins said Albury Swim Centre would be part of the review, as well as an assessment of how many Albury people use the new WAVES centre at Wodonga.
“Wodonga will have operated for a full 12 months and we will have a chance to assess what happens with usage,” he said.
An advisory committee would soon be formed to conduct the aquatic inquiry.
“We will review the Albury and Lavington centres and options presented last time.
“Until we do that, we can’t predict what will happen.
“We’ve reported to the council that Lavington has eight to 10 years of life, despite the fact that the concrete is slowly degrading.”
Several years ago, the council considered the option of closing the Lavington Swim Centre and building an indoor pool at Alexandra Park.
Mr Jenkins said the amount of use a multipurpose synthetic soccer field could generate would be crucial to whether it was built.
“Soccer would need to dedicate training and games to the venue and charge a fee,” he said.
He said they would have to charge because “it wouldn’t pay for itself”.
He said a synthetic surface with a life of up to 15 years would be “very much like a synthetic hockey field”.
The master plan shows the men’s shed between Lavington Swim Centre and Jelbart Park would be retained.
The plan also involves moving and upgrading the main car park and entrance road, upgrading the pavilion and its canteens, changerooms and viewing areas.
The stormwater drain would be covered to expand the playing surface for softball, touch football and soccer.
Jelbart Park is home to Albury-Wodonga Softball Association, Lavington Panthers Auskick, Albury Touch Association and Albury City and Albury United soccer clubs.
Car parking would be increased from 208 to 387 spaces.