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Published Friday 30 April 2021
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State, Council kick in big bucks for sport and recreation

Pictured above: Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green and Mitchell Shire’s Cr Bob Cornish were on site at Beveridge Recreation Reserve to discuss the plans for the site.

Mitchell Shire Council is kicking goals having secured much-needed State Government funding to deliver recreational facilities in Kilmore and Beveridge.

Kilmore’s JJ Clancy Reserve is set for a $3.8 million makeover which will include an integrated community facility, new play space and the relocation of the little athletics field facilities.

The Beveridge Recreation Reserve will become a popular destination with $1.3 million of improvements on the way. There will be a new circuit pathway complete with a bridge over wetlands, outdoor fitness stations, a new play space plus the reconstruction of two lit tennis/netball courts.

JJ Clancy Reserve is the sport and recreational hub of Kilmore. The reserve is home to more than 900 registered players across tennis, netball, little athletics and junior and senior Australian rules football.

The new shared-use community facility will cater to a number of groups including sporting clubs, U3A Kilmore and the broader community for social gatherings and events.

The activation of the Beveridge Recreation Reserve project will enhance the liveability, social connectedness and health and wellbeing of the town’s rapidly growing population.

The multi-purpose trail will support a range of outdoor activities for all ages, genders, backgrounds and abilities including bird watching, walking, jogging and cycling.

The Victorian Government is contributing $3.4 million to the JJ Clancy Reserve through the Growing Suburbs Fund. Mitchell Shire Council will contribute a further $400,000.

The Beveridge Recreation Reserve will receive $750,000 through the State Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund and Council will contribute $550,000 to the project.

Multipurpose Court Beveridge
The planned multi-purpose court for Beveridge.

Area map and site plan for Beveridge Recreation Reserve

Comments from Mayor Cr Rhonda Sanderson

“We work really hard to get grants and deliver projects on the ground. This funding is testament to Mitchell’s reputation for delivery of quality projects," she said.

“These projects will not only be a boost for sport and recreation, they will also help bring our communities together."

"Local sport and good parks bring people together and Mitchell Shire is committed to working with the State Government to provide a diversity of open space and great sporting facilities for our communities.

“It’s our goal is to make Mitchell Shire a vibrant community with plenty of spaces to keep active and stay connected.

“We are a growing shire and part of our role as Council is to work with our government and community partners to help provide facilities and the opportunity to play sport and connect.

“With the population of Beveridge set to grow to 72,000 and Kilmore to 21,000 in the next 20 years, we need to keep investing in local facilities.”

“I’d like to sincerely thank the Victorian Government, we simply couldn’t fund projects of this scale on our own at this stage in our population growth cycle."

This page was last updated on 4 May 2021.