Division 3 candidate pledges athletics tracks if elected
DIVISION 3 candidate Jim Dodrill has announced plans to build two athletics tracks within his ward if he is elected on March 19.
Mr Dodrill plans to build an athletics track at the Bailey Street Reserve in Collingwood Park, as well as out in the up-and-coming suburb of Ripley.
"There are no dedicated athletics tracks in this division for anyone who would like to go for a run," Mr Dodrill said.
"You have the athletics track in Goodna, but that is used by the Little Athletics Group quite frequently.
"I want to create a space where people who are keen on athletics can go and train or go for a simple jog when ever they feel like it.
"But it will also be a space which could be utilised by local schools and other sporting groups, because there are not enough sporting facilities for our growing area.
"I am committed to making sure the residents of Division 3 have access to top quality sporting facilities.
"These facilities will then flow on to residents in other surrounding divisions as a place for them to utilise too."
Mr Dodrill said he had spoken to businesses in the private sector who would be on board to help fund the project.
"I am confident partnerships from the private sector, as well as grants from both the State and Federal governments, can help to fund the projects," he said.
"It wouldn't all happen right away, but rather in stages.
"For example, at the Bailey Street Reserve, some work would need to be done to clear the land and build the track.
"Stage two could perhaps consist of putting in boardwalks and barbecue facilities.
"The reserve is already owned by council, and I want to make sure it is utilised.
"I want it to be a place where families can come."