Have Your Say on Naming Stadium in Honour of Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin
Friday, 6 November, 2020 - 08:45
Following the tragic death in July of highly respected Mansfield resident and Twice World Champion snowboarder, Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin, Mansfield Shire Council is seeking the community’s input on the proposal to name the town’s new sports stadium after him.
Mansfield Shire CEO, Kaylene Conrick said Council was in the middle of a community consultation process about the best name for the stadium and sporting precinct when Mr Pullin died.
The new stadium located at the Mansfield Secondary College, forms part of a sporting precinct that also includes dual outdoor multipurpose courts and the turf sports grounds.
“Initially the community was asked to put forward suggested names and then asked to vote on a shortlist of three names. College Park was the most highly supported name. At a meeting on 1 September, Council resolved to ask Mr Pullin’s family if they would like Council to recognise Mr Pullin’s outstanding sporting achievements and contribution to our community by naming the stadium after him,” Ms Conrick said.
The Pullin family has provided consent and as a result Council is now presenting a new naming proposal to the community for consideration.
Ms Conrick said Council is proposing to name the sports stadium precinct, consisting of the new dual court stadium and dual outdoor multipurpose courts, as the Alex Pullin Stadium.
“Council is proposing to name the playing fields located at the end of View Street, Mansfield (next to the Mansfield Secondary College) as College Park,” she said.
Feedback will be presented to Council at a meeting in December for a decision.
The name resolved by Council will be lodged with Geographic Names Victoria and the new name gazetted by the Registrar.
The dual court stadium is a joint project of the Mansfield Secondary College, the Victorian Department of Education and Training, the Australian government and Mansfield Shire Council.
Earlier this year, Council received $3.4million funding from the federal government’s Community Development Grants toward the project, Council will contribute $3.35million and the Victorian Government contributed $4.85 million to the Stadium and school project works. The construction of the new dual court stadium and dual outdoor multipurpose courts commenced in early 2020.