Ryan’s redevelopment goal for Kings Park
05 April 2018
Seymour’s Kings Park will undergo a major renewal if The Nationals are elected to government later this year.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan made the $760,000 pledge in Seymour today with Shadow Minister for Sport Danny O’Brien.
The funding will enable the Council to undertake the major overhaul and includes funding for the community centre which is currently home to the Seymour Football Netball Club, Seymour Junior Football Netball Club and St Mary’s Junior Football Netball Club and will expand to also house Seymour Little Athletics who have previously been without a permanent home.
Improvements to the Ken Hall Pavilion will mean a much needed make-over for the Seymour Ag and Pastoral Society and Eastern Hill Cricket Club. New cricket nets will also provide Eastern Hill with a modern training facility for current and upcoming players to best improve their skills.
It will also fund a shade sail for the Seymour Playgroup, finally allowing children to play outside on their much-loved playground without being exposed to the sun.
Internal works which have been identified as a priority by the committee of management, such as the sealing of internal roads and carparks, will also be included in the redevelopment.
“These upgrades will secure Kings Park as the region’s premier sporting and events centre,” Ms Ryan said.
“With the new netball court now underway, we need to upgrade the football and netball clubrooms to make it a multipurpose community centre that we can be proud of and that can be of value not just during the footy season, but all year round.
“A serious revamp will mean Seymour’s senior and junior footballers will have modern change rooms, and will no longer have to be embarrassed about hosting clubs from other towns.
“The long-suffering volunteers who run the football and netball club and Little Athletics’ canteen will have a real kitchen and proper storage.
“Little Athletics will also have a permanent home for the first time, with storage facilities and somewhere to display their memorabilia and trophies.
“Upgrading the cricket nets will mean Eastern Hill have one of the best training facilities in the league, attracting players and keeping the club competitive.
“The committee of management have done great work to set out the priorities for the park, but they need funding to implement them. I’m determined to get the ball rolling on it so we have facilities we can be proud of.”
Mr O’Brien said the commitment might feel like deja vu to Seymour residents, after The Nationals promised $600,000 for Kings Park at the 2014 election that the Andrews Government failed to match.
“In 2014 Steph Ryan secured a $600,000 commitment towards these works. That dream came to a halt after the Andrews Government was elected, but Steph has fought for the project all the way and she has been backed by hundreds of locals who have petitioned the government for this funding,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Seymour residents have told us they want Kings Park brought up to scratch. If we’re elected to government, we’ll make it happen.”