Birallee Park confirmed as the site for proposed regional cricket training centre

BIRALLEE Park has been chosen as the site for the proposed regional cricket training centre which is only a $500,000 Victorian Government grant away from becoming reality.

As predicted, a site assessment carried out by Wodonga Council in recent weeks identified Birallee Park as best placed to meet the needs of such a facility ahead of Martin Park.

Wodonga Raiders football-netball and cricket clubs are based at Birallee Park.

Acting Wodonga mayor Danny Lowe said the cricket hub was a great opportunity for Wodonga to house the key facility which will service the Albury-Wodonga, North-East Victoria and Riverina regions.

"It will provide high-quality facilities to support the pathways system of cricket within the region," Cr Lowe said.

"The project will support improved operations for cricket to expand on opportunities for education, skills enhancement, new program development and access to events for the region.

"Council officers will work closely with the existing users at Birallee Park to ensure their needs are considered and factored into this development.

"Neighbourhood amenity and community value has also been included in the assessment and will continue to be considered in the planning.

"Martin Park was considered as an alternative site for the facility, but the assessment showed Birallee Park had greater opportunities for expansion and less impact on existing users and local amenity."

An allocation of $600,000 was included in the 2017-18 council budget towards the $1.3 million facility.

Confirmation of the site means the project and design can be fully scoped, allowing an application to be submitted to Sport and Recreation Victoria for a grant of $500,000.

Cricket stakeholders are contributing $200,000.

CAW president Michael Erdeljac said: "It's fantastic news the council has a preferred site for the centre of excellence proposal in Wodonga.

"Birallee Park has a lot of options as to where the centre can be situated."