Bridport clubrooms set for upgrade

REDEVELOPMENT PLANS: Dorset mayor Greg Howard hopes a $500,000 upgrade of the Bridport Football Club clubrooms can get under way this year.

REDEVELOPMENT PLANS: Dorset mayor Greg Howard hopes a $500,000 upgrade of the Bridport Football Club clubrooms can get under way this year.

A major upgrade of the Bridport Recreation Ground clubrooms could begin as early as this year, says Dorset mayor Greg Howard.

The clubrooms were constructed about 40 years ago by the Bridport Football Club, which has maintained the facilities ever since. 

However, outdated toilet facilities and internal walls and ceilings constructed from asbestos have left the building falling short of the required standard.

At its final meeting for 2016, Dorset Council voted to allocate $250,000 towards the project, providing it can attract matching funding from the state or federal government.

Cr Howard said that with the Bridport Football Club preparing to move from the NEFU to NTFA Division 2 this year, it was imperative the facilities were brought up to standard as soon as possible. 

“We've been aware for a while that they’re in need of having some money spent on them, it's just how much and how big a project it was going to be that we hadn't really decided on,” Cr Howard said.

“They’re clearly inferior for where they've been playing and certainly inferior for Division 2 so we need to upgrade them.

“The umpires described the umpires' change rooms as the worst in Tasmania so they're clearly in need of an upgrade.”

Cr Howard said council were looking into a number of funding schemes to get the project up and running. 

“There are some funding options around at the moment.

“There's $13.9 million that the government put out for community projects which are to be funded on a shared basis so we'll be looking at some of that money to hopefully match the $250,000 that we're putting in.”

Cr Howard said he expected the upgrade would benefit the wider Bridport community once completed. 

“We've had a discussion with the cricket club because they use the facility over summer and certainly the social area would be available for the netball club if they wanted to run a function as well, plus any other community organisation down at Bridport that wants to run a function.

“It'll benefit more than just the footy club.”

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