The Baranduda Fields project is a major regional sporting complex planned for the Baranduda-Leneva Valley.
Set on 100ha of council-owned land, the facility will be the largest regional sporting precinct between Sydney and Melbourne.
Facilities included in the Baranduda Fields masterplan are an AFL-standard ground, three football/cricket ovals, an athletics track, cycling track and indoor stadium with multi-use courts.
It also includes tennis, hockey, soccer, rugby, lawn bowls, baseball, softball, netball and basketball facilities.
The precinct will allow the city of Wodonga to showcase sport at a local, regional and state level, and will provide economic benefits from visitation of major sporting events.
It will also lead to improved physical and mental health for the community through greater participation in sport, and create opportunities for volunteering, social interaction and inclusion.
In early 2012, a Baranduda Fields Reference Group was established to investigate the level of community interest and potential scope for Baranduda Fields.
Extensive public consultation was carried out in 2013, including discussions with more than 25 community and sporting groups, and a study tour was conducted of relevant existing new sports facilities.
The reference group found there was a growing community interest in the project, and various local, state and national sporting bodies indicated their support.
The council is seeking funding support for the construction of stage one for the Baranduda Fields Sports Precinct which includes $10.4 million construction of stage one and $9.5 million for construction of stage two.
Stage one is the construction of two ovals for Australian Rules football and cricket, two netball courts and associated amenities to service local and regional football, cricket and netball activities.