Please note: this is an old article
It was published in March 2011, so the information may be out-of-date.
Groups and individuals wanting to use Greater Shepparton City Council-managed sporting, recreation and park facilities during winter and spring are being encouraged to book their preferred times and days by April 1.
Council Recreation and Parks Booking Officer Julieanne Jashar said the seasonal switch from summer to winter sporting codes was a good time to remind residents to book facilities they would like to use for competitions, training, events and social activities.
“Most of the sporting clubs that regularly use our facilities are aware that they need to book their training and match times in advance,” Ms Jashar said.
“However, some groups and individuals who perhaps are thinking of booking a venue or ground for a one-off event or activity may not be aware of the huge demand we have for facilities during the coolers months.”
Ms Jashar said pavilions and sporting grounds with lights, such as McEwen and Vibert reserves, were most in demand.
“They are in use every day from 5pm onwards,” she said.
“Soccer in particular has experienced a huge growth in participation and we’re noticing that a lot of junior sport groups, to fit in with the times volunteers are available, also want to use facilities in the evenings.”
Ms Jashar said bookings also helped Council manage and maintain grounds.
“We can identify high-demand times and ensure the grounds and facilities are in good shape and not over-used,” she said.
She also encouraged couples wanting to get married in one of the parks maintained by Council, such as Victoria Park Lake and the Queen’s Gardens, to book their dates in with Council well in advance.
“This way we can let people know if there are other weddings being held that day or if the space has been booked for other events such as a festival, community celebration or market,” she said.
Ms Jashar said there had been a jump in demand from schools and recreational groups wanting to carry out water-based activities at the redeveloped Victoria Park Lake.
“It is important that anyone wanting to use the lake contacts Council to let us know what times and dates they would like to use the lake,” she said.
To book Council facilities or for more information, phone Ms Jashar on 5832 9594.
For more information about the location of Council-managed sport and recreation facilities, visit www.greatershepparton.com.au