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Published Friday 2 July 2021
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Howzat! New cricket nets for Harley Hammond

Broadford’s community sporting hub continues to put runs on the board with new cricket nets on the way at Harley Hammond Reserve.

State Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence announced the grant for $100,000 from the 2020-21 Community Cricket Program to upgrade the cricket net training facility at the home of the Broadford Cricket Club.

The cricket nets structure will have four lanes, with one lane publicly accessible at all times. The re-location of the nets, improved quality and public access lane will enable increased use for both the club and wider community. With the relocation of the new nets, run-ups will no longer be on the oval, improving the condition and safety of the oval for Australian Rules football and cricket users.

The new nets will also improve training session capacity and enable the club to increase its membership and develop additional programs such as female cricket teams in the years to come.

The $374,000 cricket nets project also has a grant of $30,000 from Cricket Australia’s Infrastructure Fund and $244,000 Council contribution.

Broadford Cricket Club is the third largest cricket club in Mitchell Shire with more 120 players. The club has increased its membership by 60 per cent in the past four years which includes the introduction of a Woolworths Junior Blast Program and female players for the first time in both junior and senior teams.

Harley Hammond Reserve has undergone major redevelopment across various aged facilities in recent years. Improvement works have included an oval reconstruction and installation of competition standard oval lighting.

Construction is also nearing completion on the $2.5m netball and tennis project development at the site. This project will deliver a shared use pavilion and two shared use courts with lighting for netball and tennis. This project is being funded in partnership between Mitchell Shire Council ($2 million), Sport and Recreation Victoria’s Female Friendly Facilities Fund ($500,000) and Harley Hammond Reserve Committee of Management.

Comments from Mayor Cr Rhonda Sanderson

"Harley Hammond is the premier community sporting reserve in Broadford and the new cricket nets structure will promote and attract more people to the sport," she said.

“This project is a great example of the benefits of working in partnership with the State Government, state sporting associations, our volunteer Committees of Management and clubs to refresh and improve facilities.

“Broadford is growing and demand for sporting facilities is high. There is no question that we have a strong future for sport in Broadford thanks to the hard work of our clubs, committees and volunteers to keep people active and connected."

“The State Government’s significant support for projects across the shire has helped to deliver many projects over recent years."

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