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Published Friday 31 July 2020
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$1.78 million to enhance sporting reserves

Two sporting reserves in Mitchell Shire will get a boost with $958,000 in funding through the Victorian Government’s 2020/21 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund. Mitchell Shire Council will contribute $820,000, totalling a $1.78 million investment across three projects

In partnership with the Victorian Government, Mitchell Shire Council, will be upgrading the main oval lights and change rooms at Greenhill Recreation Reserve in Wallan, while two multi-purpose tennis and netball courts will be upgraded at LB Davern Reserve in Wandong.

Greenhill Recreation Reserve, Wallan: main oval lighting upgrade

The lighting upgrade on the main oval at Greenhill Recreation Reserve will receive $208,800 in funding towards the total cost of $313,000 for this project, with the balance of $104,200 coming from Council.

The project will be a complete upgrade with the removal of the current system and installation of new light towers with energy-efficient LED lights. The new lights will meet competition standard for amateur Australian Rules Football.

Greenhill Recreation Reserve, Wallan: main oval female-friendly facilities

This project will be supported by a grant of $500,000 and Council contribution of $420,000 towards the total project cost of $920,000.

An upgrade to the existing change rooms for the main oval will provide a significant female-friendly boost and make the facility more inclusive and accessible for all users. The existing communal showers and urinals will be removed as part of the upgrade.

The works will generate greater scheduling opportunities for the user groups across the two sports grounds and more equitable use of the main oval for women’s sports.

The completion of both works at Greenhill Recreation Reserve will provide more options for clubs that use the oval, as well as providing an accessible and inclusive space for the introduction of the league's planned Friday night competition for girls and women.

Greenhill Reserve is heavily used throughout the year by over 720 registered players. There has been a 74% increase in female participation over the last three years.

Local sporting groups that use Greenhill Reserve include:

  • Wallan Football Netball Club
  • Wallan Junior Football Club
  • Wallan District Cricket Club

The Greenhill Social Club Committee of Management manages the site in partnership with Council.

LB Davern Reserve, Wandong - tennis/netball courts upgrade

Council will contribute $295,000 in addition to the $250,000 grant towards the $545,000 project. The upgrade of the tennis/netball courts at LB Davern Reserve will see a full reconstruction of two shared use tennis/netball courts which are ageing and due for renewal.

There are major issues with the condition of the current courts cracking. The new courts will provide a better surface for players and courts which will last the community longer.

These works are in addition to works completed in 2019/20 that were funded by a $250,000 grant from the Victorian Government and Council contribution of $364,000 to the total project cost of $614,000. The works included the rebuild of the adjoining netball/tennis courts, as well as installing new court lighting.

The completion of this project will result in Wandong having six courts with lights including four shared-use acrylic tennis/netball courts and two artificial grass tennis courts.

Local sporting groups that use LB Davern Reserve include:

  • Wandong Netball Club
  • Wandong Tennis Club
  • Wandong Junior Football Netball Club

LB Davern Reserve is managed by the WHJ Sport and Community Committee of Management in partnership with Council.

“While there is no sport on right now due to COVID-19, these projects will benefit the community greatly when they commence again. These facilities will help meet demand and attract new members to our sporting organisations. It’s our goal to make Mitchell a vibrant and liveable community and with plenty of spaces to stay active and keep connected.”
Quotes by Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor David Lowe

“I’d like to thank the Victorian Government for their support through the Local Sports Infrastructure Fund. We appreciate our partnership with the State Government and are grateful for how this funding will positively impact the community by delivering improved recreation facilities in our Shire.”

“Investing in sport and recreation spaces is crucial. They support physical activity, improving the overall mental and physical health of our community. This will be more important than ever once stay at home orders are finished”, he said.

This page was last updated on 3 August 2020.