DOGGIES BACK NEW KENNEL
SOUTH Mildura has confirmed the club has had discussions with Mildura Rural City Council (MRCC) about relocating to the new Mildura South Sporting Precinct.
South Mildura president Mark Bresnehan said it was a “once in a generation” opportunity for his club.
“This is our chance to put our club on the map – to build our club into something special,” he said.
The club’s board held an information session at Sarah Oval yesterday with members, supporters and past and present players to outline the benefits of the proposed move.
The decision comes after Mildura’s board knocked back the opportunity to relocate from City Oval after not being able to secure assurances from MRCC around the construction of a second oval, outdoor netball courts and other operational issues.
It was then the Bulldogs made their move to become a tenant of the new $28 million, state-of-the-art sporting facility.
Mr Bresnehan said officials from the Bulldogs had held preliminary discussions with council and were comfortable with what had been put on the table.
“We understand there will be some limitations initially, but we believe the positives far outweigh the negatives,” Mr Bresnehan said.
“This is a great opportunity for our club – we will not see anything like this again in our lifetime.
“It is about us turning the South Mildura Sporting Club into a superpower.
“There are so many positives for us as a club to be a part of this new sporting precinct.
“Everything just makes sense to us. The name, its location, the facility.”
A funding shortage will mean that initially the Bulldogs will need to find a second venue to host junior matches and will also need to gain approval from the SFNL to play netball matches indoors.
Mr Bresnehan said he understood there would be some “teething” problems, but they were prepared to put up with this to secure the rights to the new facility.
“We are fully aware that not everything we need is going to be available initially,” Mr Bresnehan said.
“Council has been very open and transparent about this in all our discussions.
“South Mildura is such a growth area and it just makes sense – South Mildura Sporting Club playing and operating out of South Mildura.
“The marketing power of that is so strong.”
Mr Bresnehan said the next step in the process was to provide MRCC with a formal proposal.
He said he expected a decision on whether South Mildura or Imperials would be the new tenant within four weeks.
If the Bulldogs are successful they could be playing matches at the new venue by 2022.
Story & photo courtesy of Sunraysia Daily