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Mirboo North Stadium in dire need of replacement

The Andrews Labor Government has been called upon to support the Mirboo North communities desire for a new basketball stadium at Mirboo North Secondary and Primary Schools. 

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien spoke in Parliament last week to call on the government to provide funding to replace the outdated stadium.

This follows years of requests to the government that have so far fallen on deaf ears.

“The gym that is shared by Mirboo North Secondary College and Primary School is also a community facility used by the Basketball Association, Mirboo North Football Netball Club and a number of other sporting and community groups.

The stadium however, doesn’t meet current standards particularly with respect to size and run off areas.

Its toilets are frankly disgusting and there is asbestos and various building failures that need to be addressed.

The community would ideally like to see a second new court added and the existing facility transformed for other uses, but at this point we are happy to discuss with the government what can in fact be done.

I’ve written to the Minister for Education on this issue a number of times and had no progress. I have now raised it in parliament and suggested that funding should be forthcoming in the next budget.”

Mr O’Brien said both schools and the various sporting organisations were keen to work together to deliver the best outcome.

Mr O’Brien and the community have also had discussions with South Gippsland Shire Council which is happy to progress the project.

“This is a slightly unusual situation in that the school facility is the only stadium in town so it is a mixed education and community use. However, that doesn’t absolve the education department of its responsibility to provide facilities that are up to scratch and it would be very hard to describe the current stadium in that light.

I want to work with the government, the schools and the community to progress this issue and hope that we soon get a positive response from the Andrews Labor Government.”

The Nationals member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien is campaigning to replace the outdated Mirboo North school gymnasium.

 

26 March 2021

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