Management committee for soccer stadium

A MANAGEMENT committee for the new Ballarat Regional Soccer Facility will be established after Wednesday night's council meeting. 

City of Ballarat infrastructure general manager Eric Braslis said the $12 million construction would be completed in the next couple of months. 

"Tenders closed two days ago on the road and car park works package," Mr Braslis said. 

Laying of the surface on the main synthetic pitch will start next week, with the grandstand expected to be completed in 10 weeks. "Council is working with the soccer community to ensure main works are complete in time for matches to be played as early as possible this season. The first match is expected to be played at the facility in early May."

He said the council had been working closely with all the groups that would use the facility, aiming to provide access for the wider community rather than just the clubs using it. 

The council voted unanimously to move the motion to establish an incorporated body, take expressions of interest for skills-based members to serve on the body, appoint the new body and create and fund a facility manager for two years.

The management committee would include two Ballarat and District Soccer Association members, one National Premier League licence holder, two councillors or their delegates and two skills-based independent people. 

BDSA vice-president Jenny Gilmer thanked the council for its work 

"We're so excited about the new headquarters," Ms Gilmer said. 

"We invite all councillors to visit soccer games this season.

"It's our future of soccer - who knows if there might be a Socceroo or Matilda among us."

Football Federation Victoria region president Peter Reid said Ballarat would have the premier soccer facility in regional Victoria.