A VISION to provide more healthy recreation outlets in east Warrnambool has moved another step closer with an application for at least $100,000 from the state government.
It comes on top of $140,000 allocated in the city council budget for the proposed project to build more footpaths and areas for sports and skating.
The council’s unanimous endorsement this week of a funding application follows planning preparations more than five years ago which discussed improvements at three local parks in the neighbourhood.
This application represents the first of several proposed improvements.
City recreation and culture manager Russell Lineham said a community park near Armstrong Street would be the first.
“We want to improve recreation facilities for young people and improve pathway connections,” he said.
“This is still a concept, but if we are successful in funding we want to go back to the community and get their suggestions on what to put there.
“We’d be looking to re-establish a community reference group.
“An answer on our funding application would be expected by early next year.”
Several councillors said the move would be welcomed by the community.
Two other projects submitted by the council to Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV) for consideration were declined.
A Great South Coast Australian Football Dev-elopment Strategy was considered important, but premature in light of a forthcoming AFL statewide restructure.
The City of Warrnambool Rowing Club proposal for improvements to Proudfoots Boathouse did not meet funding criteria.
A report to councillors said the project was unlikely to be supported by SRV in the future.
Cr Peter Hulin suggested the council investigate getting a rowing facility at Deakin University.