The grand niece of the late Cleaver Bunton has thrown her support behind an urgent upgrade of the North Albury Football-Netball Club's home ground.
Adelle Bunton, who lives in Darwin after growing up in Albury, said she was aghast at reports Bunton Park had been let slip.
She said Cleaver was passionate about sport, particularly Australian Rules football, and wanted young players to be given the opportunity of emulating the deeds of his famous brother, triple Brownlow medallist Haydn, with quality facilities in their hometown.
"Cleaver worked really hard to make sure Albury did have state of the art sporting facilities," Adelle said.
"He recognised a lot of sporting talent does comes from the regions with the likes of Haydn Bunton being a perfect example.
"To think this new generation is being disserviced and that hard work Cleaver put in is clearly being forgotten is really disappointing.
"When people put a lot into projects it has to be maintained.
"Bunton Park was part of that range of things along with Monument Hill that made Albury an iconic regional city.
"To let Bunton Park go is not honouring those iconic milestones that Cleaver put in place over the time he was a leader."
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Adelle's mum Caroline was the daughter of Wally Bunton, a brother of Cleaver, Haydn and George.
Cleaver, who died in 1999, was among the first group of inductees into the Ovens and Murray league Hall of Fame with immediate Legend status.
O and M chairman David Sinclair said Bunton Park's facilities were "well overdue" for an upgrade to keep pace with other league venues.
"Most of which have had significant upgrades to lighting and infrastructure in the last 10 years," he said.
"Bringing forward identified works would be welcomed by the league."
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