AFLNEB SUPPORTS BARANDUDA FIELDS
AFL North East Border has added it support to the updated Baranduda Fields Master Plan which was approved by the Wodonga Council last week.
The gap in sporting facilities, particularly those dedicated to the game of AFL at all levels, are considered an obstacle to increasing participation consistent with the population projections and the provision of additional ovals in the Master Plan is welcomed.
“Wodonga is a growing regional centre and presents a wonderful opportunity to grow participation in AFL however without adequate facilities both new and existing, progressing the game is further challenged” said AFL North East Border’s Region General Manager John O’Donohue.
“AFLNEB has been a long-time supporter of the Baranduda Fields concept and we welcome Councils adoption of the updated Master Plan to accommodate growth in our game at the junior level initially with a view to further expansion” he said.
With existing AFL facilities in Wodonga already over capacity in their use, the need for additional venues and appropriate facilities has been a challenge to current users particularly during winter months when grounds are often closed.
“With the need clearly identified and an acknowledgement that Wodonga in comparison to other comparable regional cities is significantly behind in sporting infrastructure, AFL will lobby with other sporting codes and Wodonga Council to seek state and federal funding to make Baranduda Fields a reality” said O’Donohue.
“Whilst we prioritise AFL, the Baranduda Fields concept presents wonderful opportunities for Wodonga to provide multi-purpose sporting facilities for current and future generations and should be considered a high priority of all sporting organisations in the Region.”
The Baranduda Fields concept originated many years ago and local sporting associations are encouraging the community to support the lobbying to both Federal and State governments for a commitment to the project.