While state government money for upgrading sporting facilities in Bega and Pambula was announced to much fanfare earlier this year, council has yet to receive a dollar.
On Tuesday this week, the Bega Valley Shire Council opened up expressions of interest in management of the Bega Indoor Stadium, causing some to question what had happened to the sporting precinct masterplan council adopted almost three-and-a-half years ago.
However, the council said implementation of the masterplan was a matter distinct from management of the facility.
BVSC manager of leisure and recreation John Grady said it was simply a matter of an expiring licence agreement.
"There has been a licence in place for the management of the indoor stadium for several years. The current licence is nearing expiry and the current request for expressions of interest is to gauge interest and receive proposals for a new agreement," Mr Grady said.
"The EOI document references the adopted masterplan, the funding announcement, and that there has been concept plan work on the redevelopment of the building.
"The masterplan identifies a number of areas for improvement on the site. An important element directed by the adopted masterplan is redevelopment of the indoor stadium building on the site to better accommodate needs of groups using the sports ovals and the indoor stadium."
Member for Bega Andrew Constance used the NRL trial game at the Bega Recreation Ground in February as a platform to announce $13.5million for implementation of masterplans at both Bega and Pambula.
Of that, $8.5m was to "cover everything" at Bega, with $4m for Pambula's sports precinct and an additional $1m for Merimbula's basketball courts.
However, Mr Grady confirmed to Australian Community Media those government funds had not yet been received.
"Council recently received a letter from the NSW Office Of Sport confirming they will work with council on provision of the funding," he said.
"Council will work with the Office of Sport in development of the funding agreement, however it has not yet been clarified in which year the funding will be provided."
Mr Grady said in light of the notification from the Office of Sport, updates on the upgrade project and the chance to provide further feedback on needs and priorities would be discussed with site users.
The Bega Sporting Complex Master was adopted by council in April 2016. Click here to view it or visit council's website.
This week's call for EOIs also took in management of the Old Bega Racecourse, a site the council said "provides a wealth of recreational and cultural experience possibilities". There's already been plenty of commentary about what people wanted to see that space used for posted to the BSVC social media.
Let us know what you think via a letter to the editor using this form below: