Nagambie sporting windfall

28 Jun 2018 Shepparton News, Shepparton VIC (General News) by Tara Whitsed RECREATION AND SPORTING FACILITIES IN NAGAMBIE TO RECEIVE FUNDING FOR UPGRADES Sporting facilities in Nagambie are set to receive an overhaul following funding announcements this week. State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced a $249 000 upgrade to Nagambie Recreation Reserve, consisting of a $100 000 Victorian Government country football and netball program grant, a $100 000 contribution from Strathbogie Shire Council, a $30 000 contribution from Bendigo Bank and in-kind support from user groups. The upgrade will involve the refurbishment of the clubrooms, a female-friendly unisex toilet, shower and change room facilities in the football rooms, an additional toilet and shower facilities in the netball change rooms, an all-abilities toilet and shower facility including a baby-change station and designated umpire change rooms with toilet and shower facilities. A new deep water boat ramp will also be funded thanks to a $294 000 grant from the Victorian Governments Department of Transport boating safety and facilities program. The boat ramp has a total budget of more than $400 000, including a $100 000 contribution from council and a $100 000 donation of land from the Ryan family. It will be a dedicated 24-hour public access deep water boat ramp on the Goulburn River with road access from Loddings Lane. The ramp will be supported with car and trailer parking, landscaping, boat landing, road access and signage. Ms Symes said the projects would not only boost junior and female participation in sport at Nagambie Reserve, but also push boating tourism on Lake Nagambie. Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said the deep water public boat ramp would be a game-changer for Nagambie and its waterways, increasing the lakes capacity for events and competitions and enabling deep water vessel access for recreational users.