Plans to develop two major sporting precincts within the Shire of Harvey took a leap forward this week, when both proposals were given the nod by councillors. Separate motions for the Harvey and Brunswick recreation grounds were presented at an ordinary meeting on Tuesday, with each aiming to improve outdoor sporting facilities and amenities in the two South West towns. Councillors unanimously endorsed a master plan for the grounds, detailing future upgrades that would modernise the ovals and make them more practical for a number of sports. Priority works for the Harvey ground include separating the football and cricket field boundaries to ensure they no longer intersect, better drainage, upgraded lighting, formalised parking, an upgraded skate park, a new children’s playground and a potential indoor aquatic centre. It came after a draft plan was put out to the community, with a total of 85 responses received. A letter written to the Shire from the South West Football League stated planned upgrades for the facility, which is used as the home ground by the Harvey Bulls, would be a great asset for the association. The organisation listed components such as separation of playing surfaces, drainage and parking as key items that needed attention. Another letter signed by Harvey Benger Cricket Club secretary Kathy O’Shaughnessy listed similar priority items and said the club would accommodate any proposal that would not negatively impact it. Councillors also unanimously endorsed a separate master plan for future BRG works, including better lighting and parking, bituminised entry points, tennis court extension and club upgrade, an entry statement and toilet removed from the gates, installation of an amphitheatre at Peters Park with additional trees planted and a redesigned skate park. The oval is used as a home ground for the Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault Football Club and to host the annual Brunswick Agricultural Show and facilitates junior football. Shire President Paul Gillett said it was important to plan for the future because sport and recreation was a core function of local government. “We need to plan for the population growth and ensure our facilities are fit for purpose,” he said. Funding and budget considerations for both grounds are expected to be discussed in upcoming workshops. All major items from each of the master plans are set to be received by councillors in the Forward Capital Works Plan, which would determine the priority projects to be rolled out.