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Published Monday 15 February 2021
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Works start on $2.5m Harley Hammond project

Netball and tennis clubs in Broadford will soon be able to enjoy the benefits of the revamped Harley Hammond Reserve with a $2.5 million upgrade underway including new shared courts, competition standard lights and a shared-used pavilion.

Mitchell Shire Council is providing $2 million, with $500,000 from the Victorian Government through Sport and Recreation Victoria’s Female Friendly Facilities Fund. The Harley Hammond Reserve Committee of Management is also contributing nearly $14,000 to the project.

Construction of the integrated pavilion is now well underway, with works recently starting on the courts.

Harley Hammond Reserve is the premier community sporting reserve in Broadford with more than 550 registered players. The reserve is heavily used for netball, tennis, football and cricket.

Clubs include:

  • Broadford Netball Club
  • Broadford Tennis Club
  • Broadford Football Netball Club
  • Broadford Junior Football Netball Club
  • Broadford Auskick
  • Broadford Cricket Club

This high priority project supports female sport with greater integration and participation opportunities for all users. The shared pavilion will cater for sporting activities as well as broader community use.

The dual-use netball/tennis court and lighting works are expected to be completed in a few months. The integrated pavilion is due for completion towards the middle of the year.

Comments from Mayor Cr Rhonda Sanderson

"Harley Hammond is the premier sporting reserve in Broadford and these improvements will promote and support participation by females and attract more people to our sports clubs," 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 strong. COVID stopped many sporting activities in 2020 but 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."

This page was last updated on 1 March 2021.