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Published Thursday 6 October 2022

Providing for Mitchell Shire’s cricketers

Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence was in Wallan on Friday 7 October for the official opening of the Greenhill Reserve Cricket Net Renewal and Expansion.

The project saw construction of a new five-lane synthetic cricket net facility with one lane available for public use when not in use by the cricket club. This replaces the existing four lane facility which only provided for use by the club.

Mitchell Shire is Victoria’s fastest growing municipality, with the majority of this growth projected to occur in Wallan and Beveridge.

This growth will continue to place demands upon existing and future sporting reserves, and projects which can enhance useability and increase access are vital to supporting the local community.

Greenhill Reserve is currently the only outdoor sports reserve servicing Wallan and Beveridge.

Greenhill Reserve is heavily used throughout the year by community sporting groups and hosts a range of activities and events including league football and cricket finals.

The Wallan District Cricket Club is the largest cricket club in Mitchell Shire and has been experiencing consistent membership growth.

The club has the highest number of junior male and female players in Mitchell, including the most female teams.

Due to the quality, condition and availability of the old cricket training nets, the club was struggling to meet the needs of their growing membership base.

The new nets are enclosed and have retractable internal netting that promote flexibility for training, including by other sports.

The additional lane will provide increased participation opportunities for the club’s rapidly growing membership by improving scheduling opportunities.

The new synthetic surface, which includes run ups and pitches, will greatly improve on the quality of the old surface.

The $433,174 project received $100,000 through Sport and Recreation Victoria’s Community Cricket Program, $50,000 through Cricket Australia's Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund and $283,174 from Council.

Quotes from Mayor Bill Chisholm

Mitchell Shire Council is committed to improving sport and physical activity opportunities for its growing population, and particularly for girls and women.

During the past two years, Council has worked closely with the Victorian Government to deliver significant improvements to facilities at Greenhill Reserve.

There have been upgrades to provide competition standard lighting at both the main oval and the two netball courts, and the main oval changerooms have been completely renewed and upgraded to provide more inclusive and female friendly facilities for players, umpires and spectators.

We’re very thankful for the Victorian Government’s support in providing for the sport and recreation needs of our current community and those that will call it home in the future.

We’re also pleased to have a positive relationship with the Wallan District Cricket Club and the Greenhill Reserve Committee of Management, who have worked cooperatively with us to make this project possible.

As the State’s fastest growing community we will continue to need State Government investment in essential sporting and community infrastructure.

Council have identified the future Greenhill Recreation Precinct as a priority project for the upcoming 2022 State Election and are seeking an investment from the State Government to bring this sporting, recreational, and environmental precinct one step closer to being realised.

Cr Bill Chisholm

This page was last updated on 7 October 2022.