10 April 2019
20 August 2018
Wynn Vale’s Richardson Reserve, the home of Modbury Vista Soccer Club, will undergo a $6.5 million staged redevelopment over three years.
The decision comes after years of planning with the club and the Football Federation of South Australia.
Plans to redevelop the reserve or find the club a new location to allow it to cater for membership growth were put on hold earlier this year.
This was to enable Council to consider an unsolicited $13.8 million offer from Kaufland Australia to buy a portion of the reserve. The Council declined the Kaufland offer in August this year.
Almost 65% of the 1,434 responses received by Council during the community engagement process opposed the sale.
Works will commence in late 2018 on the installation of two synthetic soccer pitches.
New clubrooms are also planned for completion by December 2020.
The pitches will be open to the public to use when they are not being used by the club for games or training.
“The redevelopment is a great outcome for Modbury Vista Soccer Club and the wider soccer community. The upgrade will enable the club to plan for the future with confidence,” said Mayor Knight following the decision.
The $6.5 million redevelopment of Richardson Reserve will be delivered across three financial years and will not contribute to a rise in rates, according to Council CEO John Moyle.
“Breaking the project into stages means operational savings and other available funds can be utilised. This includes reprioritising some of capital works and accessing grant funds already provided for Richardson Reserve upgrades.
“A nominal increase in borrowings could occur if Council is unable to secure government funding to part fund stage 2 and not reprioritise capital works,” said Mr Moyle.