Opinion

A ‘friendlier’ town entrance

By Shepparton News

Beautification works to Euroa’s northern entrance through a Friendlies Oval upgrade has been an incredibly long time coming.

The key movers and shakers in this project should be highly commended for their resilience in getting the project off the ground after it was first mooted in 2015.

While a huge motivation for the early drivers of the project — Peter Woodhouse, Rob Asquith and Peter Morley — was to upgrade the sporting facilities, the trio also desired a far more picturesque entrance to the Euroa township.

While those exiting the Hume Hwy travelling northbound are met with Euroa Secondary College, those coming southbound from Wodonga are met with what looks like Euroa’s only oval.

Euroa boasts a well-used and maintained football oval — Memorial Oval — but many travellers would not know this because it is tucked off the main road in Slee St.

With design plans such as a white picket fence, three new turf wickets and improved lawn due to an automated irrigation system, the general look and feel of the upgraded oval will provide tourists and travellers with a great first impression of Euroa.

It is likely the works, which will also go an incredibly long way to improving the sporting facilities for Euroa’s cricketers, would not have gone ahead without such drive and passion.

Rob Asquith said it was great to see the works get under way after three years of regular meetings with stakeholders and making funding applications.

Asquith, along with his band of supporters, were successful in getting the Euroa Action Group, Burton’s Stores and Euroa Rotary Club to fund the shortfall needed to complete a Master Plan for the oval redevelopment in late 2015.

And they continued to campaign, getting many of the candidates running in the seat of Murray during the 2016 Federal Election on side with the project.

The Strathbogie Shire Council came to the party this year when it chipped in $50000 for the upgrade alongside a $50000 contribution of the oval’s management committee and an $100000 Victorian Government grant which enabled the works to go ahead.

All those involved in this project should be commended and it demonstrates just how integral a town’s facilities can be in order to drive tourism.