Trucks Travelling along the GAR Image: John Kinniburgh
Community feedback after the fires identified that Sarsfieldians had serious concerns about road safety along the Great Alpine Road. Pulling out of driveways, turning left and right into and out of any of the many side roads along which most of us reside, school bus drop offs and pick ups and the increased use of the road by through traffic, caravans and heavy vehicles all travelling at 100kph were cause for concern. Deputations to our local politicians and regular communication with “VicRoads” has kept the issue on the agenda and our “Near Miss” survey and anecdotes added to the case. Last week a group from SCA met with representatives from the Victorian Police to further discuss our concerns. Luke Banwell (Senior Sergeant) , Kerry Bourke (East Gippsland Highway patrol) and Kerry Wolfe (Victorian Police) met at the Recreation Reserve and listened to our concerns and explained their position.
Luke made a commitment to increase the Police road presence around Sarsfield to get a feel for hot spots, dangerous entries and exits and bus drop offs. They will also be on the lookout for traffic offenders, so beware! Hopefully their own anecdotal observations will further enhance our requests for reduced Sarsfield speed limits and safer roadways.
Luke also asked for summary reports of near misses in the form of who, where and date/time rather than in his words “War and Peace” like narratives! Watch this space!
Multi Sports Court/Toilet upgrade and amazing playground
Whilst we await a successful outcome for our Recreation Reserve/ Hall Redevelopment application things are still moving towards the grand vision for the Reserve. The toilet refurbishment designs have been approved and the next stages of planning, pricing and construction are underway. This project was funded by the East Gippsland Community Foundation who have been great supporters of Sarsfield and its future. The exciting Andrea Proctor guided Sarsfield Community Playground is well into the planning stages- concept drawings and ideas have been generated and are nearly at a draft stage for general comment. Very exciting!
One of the important aspects to consider when developing master plans, visions and submitting applications is that people want to see “stuff on the ground”. Whilst all parts of this process are time consuming and at times exhausting it has been a focus of the SCA to get something happening- activities for community and dinners at the hall are one way of doing this. The new Multi Sports Court is a recently completed project-Grassports were contracted and there was plenty of action over the past weeks and the final product looks enticing to young and old. This will provide a modern multipurpose play area on the old disused and dilapidated tennis court. It will be great to see people shooting hoops, bouncing balls, volleying, spiking and backhand slicing in a multitude of sports on this multi sports facility.
The formal opening and cutting of the ribbon will take place at our next Friday night feed on 27 May with representatives from East Gippsland Community Foundation in attendance and we again thank them for their financial commitment to this project.
The cricket net upgrade is near complete and the Sarsfield oval and pitch look spectacular. This Saturday there will be a working bee to install post, wire and mesh and put down the wickets. Any strong locals are welcome to lend a hand from 8am- relaxed morning under the supervision of Glen Wolfe.