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$8million puzzle for Unley Oval

April 2, 2016

To this little black duck, who is committed to saving Council as much  money as possible to minimise rate rises, the debate seemed blindingly simple. Go along with the milling throng of 71 local residents who took part in a community survey, and  said “yes” to a $8.2million scheme for a make-over of the grandstands at Unley Oval, or side with the Double Blues and their scheme for something at a quarter of the price!

The marathon gabfest eventually came to a decision: The result of the community notice  be noted. In-principle endorsement be given for the upgrade. Council work with the Sturt Football Club to explore the feasibility of their preferred option . This to include finalisation of concept plans  and cost estimates. A further progress report be presented to Council in July. Council work with the Federal and State Governments and other external bodies, seeking grant funding opportunities for both concepts.

All this came about after it was revealed in the executive summary that Sturt had submitted an alternative proposal with reduced scope and costs and with alterations that would meet their requirements.

The club’s alternative proposal would incorporate away team facilities in the McKay Stand, home team facilities in the Oatey Stand, SFC administration offices on  the ground floor of the Oatey Stand , plus a community function area on the Oatey Stand’s first floor.

With the spectre of rate-capping looming over the second-tier political horizon, Grumpy will DEFINITELY plump for the lesser of the two evils if it keeps Sturt happy.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. April 3, 2016 7:25 am

    As a ratepayer we can’t afford $8m for Unley Oval.
    What is Council thinking


    • GrumpierThan Ever permalink
      April 3, 2016 7:58 am

      I doubt the cost to Council is $8 million, Janice. If you read the minutes the direct outlay to Council is far less…reduced by State and Federal funds, AFL grants, SFC contribution and whoever else wants to contribute.


      • cllrmikehudson permalink*
        April 3, 2016 9:01 am

        My blog did not suggest that it would be Council alone funding the $8million dream. What I was reporting on was the fact that Sturt had come up with an acceptable alternative
        in which they could afford to participate, and I congratulate them for their wise compromise and their involvement.


  2. April 3, 2016 10:15 am

    It is still a lot of money that could be better spent on roads, footpaths and parks


  3. YoungerSlightlyGrumpy permalink
    April 4, 2016 12:35 pm

    I think (hope) Sturt’s more modest proposal might be the game changer, and make it a viable project for all concerned.


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