The Beagle Editor, I was at the recent meeting held at the Broulee Primary School discussing the future development of the Captain Oldrey Oval, and possible removal of the last stand of remnant forest in Broulee.
To put it simply: The 10 litre Problem.
The objective of putting in another oval, increasing the number of Netball courts and improving the parking whilst retaining some remnant bush is akin to trying to pour 10 litres into a 5 litre jug. This will satisfy nobody.
How about looking at a totally different approach taken from these points:
· The council has admitted the ground is really not suitable for ovals, being high maintenance due to the sandy soil, so why put another one there?
· The space available is just too small and does not allow any future room for expansion.
· Both schools have offered their ovals for the community to use.
· There is more suitable, and in the long term, more land available in the Bevian Development at Rosedale and in Moruya..
· To create a regional sports centre, consideration has to be given to longevity, parking, spectators, and future expansion.
· Several netball or basketball courts can be put where just one football pitch is used and accommodate a lot more players.
The Other Solution:
There would be plenty of room to make Broulee the regional centre for Court Sports, we just have to forget about clinging onto the past, those days have gone.
Remove half the space used by the present ovals. This frees up a huge amount of space for more netball courts, basketball courts, BMX tracks, etc.
There would be more room for car parking, bus turnarounds and spectator servicing. And we don’t need to take down a single tree, in fact we might even be able to plant some more!
Progress does require some sacrifice, but transport can take sporting folk and their families anywhere.
Really this is not the place for the 10 litre solution. Cheers Mike Hitchcock