Mathoura Football Netball Club has started legal action against Picola and District Football Netball League in an attempt to keep this year's grand final in Mathoura.TRENT HORNEMAN August 8, 2014 3:04am
A judge could ultimately decide the venue for this year’s Picola and District Football Netball League grand final.
Mathoura Football Netball Club has started legal action against the league in an attempt to keep this year’s grand final in Mathoura.
The league, Mathoura and its landlord Murray Shire have been at loggerheads in recent weeks after the league stated that light posts at the club’s netball courts were too close to the playing surface.
Murray Shire refused to foot the bill to cut down and replace the poles, which would cost ratepayers more than $20,000.
Timbercutters president Tim McCormick said the decision was made after the board met on Tuesday night, hours after the shire said it would explore all options, including legal action.
The club and the league met on Wednesday night, but McCormick and PDFNL president Shane Railton did not discuss the matter further.
AFL Victoria president Nicholas Rolfe said AFL Goulburn Murray supported Mathoura Football Netball Club in its endeavours to keep the grand final at Mathoura.
‘‘Netball Victoria has signed off on the courts, as has the insurer,’’ he said.
‘‘I note that netball is played on the courts during the home and away season.’’
Rolfe said AFL Victoria did not have any procedures in place to resolve an issue between a league and club, nor did it have the power to make a decision.
‘‘It is up to the the league, however in their constitution, there is a clause which states if there is a dispute then mediation should be available,’’ he said.
Rolfe said it was disappointing the situation had reached this point.
‘‘In my time I have never seen anything like this,’’ he said.
Murray Shire mayor Tom Weyrich also shared disappointment the situation had ended in legal proceedings.
‘‘Everyone is going to get a black eye out of this,’’ he said.
‘‘This is causing an enormous amount of stress on the people of Mathoura.’’
Shepparton police are investigating the theft of an expensive Italian-made Pinarello cycle from inside a house during the weekend.
The Yarrawonga Chronicle and Travel and Cruise Yarrawonga are offering shoppers a chance to win an incredible cruise package this summer.
Last week Victorian Collections passed a major milestone, with the 50000th historical object record from the state’s heritage collections uploaded to the site.
Hellrazor has crossed first to win the 2014 Barrie Beehag event on Saturday.
Rochester Secondary College student Georgia Mundie will perform at an Equitana exhibition in Melbourne.
Fourteen parties and 37 candidates will contest the Northern Victoria Region for the Victorian upper house at the November 29 election, with the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) claiming the top billing on the ballot paper.
Playgroup of the Month for November.
Andrew Richardson and Matt Jackson have been appointed co-coaches of Finley's senior football side.
Two new Neighbourhood Safer Places for the Pyalong and Tooborac communities have been announced.
Runners from the Sri Chinmoy Peace Oneness-Home Peace Run visit local students to share message of goodwill.
Deniliquin’s Luke Harrington is hoping to start a horse riding club for people with a disability.
South African course builder Brian Lavery, now based in Melbourne, set a testing track for the Hunter Group World Cup Showjumping Qualifier on Saturday that brought some of the sport’s big names undone.
Scott Upston had a decorated career as a paralympic coach before moving to Benalla this year.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.