In this current climate of coping with the Covid 19 pandemic, it is easy to become despondent and lose sight of the future.
But the South Mildura Sporting Club (SMSC) certainly has something positive to focus on and that is their new home at the Mildura South Regional Sports Precinct.
The first sod was turned by Federal Member for Mallee Dr Anne Webster in October 2019.
In early 2020, contractors completed all demolition and site preparation works, while also commencing civil works including footing excavation and the installation of in-ground services. Preparations works on the site’s AFL-standard outdoor sporting oval also commenced.
Last week we saw the erection of a huge steel framework for the main stadium rise out of the ground.
President of SMSC, Mark Bresnehan was speaking to council last week and the word is that the works are on track and going ahead as planned. The Covid situation has not affected the construction and the contractors are going full steam ahead.
All going well, the Bulldogs hope to play their first game at their new kennel on Good Friday 2022.
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