An Unley Oval for all. An Unley oval for passive recreational use that can efficiently and cost effectively be the home ground for Sturt Football training and home games.
This Council wants to bring together all users harmoniously and has taken many positive steps to achieve this end. The future of the oval as an adaptive ground that families enjoy celebrating their child’s birthday on just as readily as they enjoy attending a Sturt game.
So far the response to the Eastern Courier Messenger report has been positive. The report titled, “Oval future to shape election” looks at how the upcoming local government election will be influenced by what the community believes Council’s involvement should be in making changes to Unley Oval.
During the 2010 Mayoral election many people commented on the fractured relationship between Council and Sturt. Consequently I made, “To assist Sturt Football Club” and election pledge.
Council’s sponsorship of the Club during the 2011 footy season was the first step and I thank Sturt FC staff and Council staff for making that happen. The willingness of both the Board of Sturt and the staff, of Elected Members and Council staff to come together and talk through long held and deeply entrenched views has been a source of community healing.
During my 4 years as Mayor, on the topic of Unley Oval and Sturt, the majority of people who have spoken or written to me, have said they want to see improvements made to the oval which assist everyone. Most people include Sturt in the mix when they talk about wanting to help everyone. Most people want to see some improvements to the oval that help Sturt and considering that nearly every improvement to the oval in the last 20 years, costing well over a million dollars has been directed towards making the space a community park, who could blame members of the community for wanting some improvements that help Sturt?
But maybe I’ve missed a huge segment of the community. Maybe there still exists a large number of people in the community who are so grumpy with Sturt that they’ll do anything, including being so outraged at a picket fence that they’ll rally against it. So just to be sure, I’m going to go down to Unley Oval:
Thursday 10th 7:00am – 9:00am
Friday 11th 7:00am – 9:00am
Saturday 12th 7:00am – 9:00am (due to the weather look for me in the shopping center)
Thursday 17th 7:00am – 9:00am
Friday 18th 7:00am – 8:30am
Thursday 24th 7am – 9:00am
In the mean time, community consultation continues. So have your say by clicking the link here
The Oval is a wonderful space for families to celebrate their children’s birthdays and for people to recreate. Some simple improvements, like a fence, upgraded lighting and renovated club rooms won’t impinge on the enjoyment of the place for those who don’t play footy. Oh, and don’t think Council will be funding this on its own. Any improvements made will see significant contributions from Sturt FC and we hope, from the State and Federal Governments.
And just to tidy up a loose end, Cr. Mike Hudson is a great bloke and a good champion of the community. He is showing signs of being very supportive towards Sturt FC and just because he doesn’t want a picket fence doesn’t mean he’s against Sturt per se.
rel=author Lachlan Clyne