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Meadowglen Athletics Stadium lacking funds for much needed upgraded

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Stadium dips out on funds
EVENTS, ATHLETES MISS OUT

By Cheryl Balfour
Whittlesea Leader
30 July 2013


MILL Park sporting complex is in danger of missing out on high-profile athletics events because of a lack of funding for upgrades.
The Meadowglen International Athletics Stadium management committee hoped to secure at least seven Victorian senior athletics meets this year, but the complex does not meet the required standards.

Manager Philip Wadeson said Meadowglen’s 700 junior and senior athletes were missing out on vital competition experience and did not have adequate facilities to train on at their home track.

The council allocated $100,000 for toilet upgrades at the stadium in the 2013/14 budget, but the committee made a submission highlighting the need for a $1.5 million track upgrade as well as drainage, bathroom, shade sail and driveway improvements.

Mr Wadeson said the pole vault competition area needed urgent attention. But almost all of the committee’s wishlist for Whittlesea Council’s 2013/14 budget was knocked back.

“There were some big state events we’d like to come here, but we don’t have the facilities,” he said.

“They’re regional events and our members are missing out; it’s not just seniors, it’s little athletics as well. It’s disappointing the funding didn’t come through.”

The committee usually raised funds and covered general costs, but could not afford big-ticket items such as a running track.

Whittlesea South West Ward councillor Darryl Sinclair backed the committee.

“In that kind of state competition, you’d get to see prospective Commonwealth Games and Olympic competitors coming through, showing potential,” Cr Sinclair said. “Kids don’t need to go somewhere else.”

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