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Reid Oval

Ready to start on detailed design work

News Article Date: 
Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Warrnambool City Council has welcomed the announcement from the Victorian Government and member for Western Victoria James Purcell that $7 million has been allocated to redevelop Reid Oval.

This follows the release last month of a business case that showed the redevelopment would be a “compelling investment that drives sports development in all community sectors”.

The preferred redevelopment to transform Reid Oval to a high regional standard has an estimated total project cost of up to $12.5 million.

Along with the Victorian Government funding, financial contributions will also be required from Council and user groups.

“We’re thrilled to receive funding for this priority project and can now start on detailed design work and complete negotiations with user groups about relocation arrangements while construction is under way,” Council Chief Executive Officer Bruce Anson said.

“We will go to the market to procure the specialist architect this project will require.

“Our sporting groups will have to work around a disruption across two seasons of cricket and football.

“It will be a staged development. We have estimated that an initial $10 million will deliver key infrastructure including an oval surface upgrade, 200 lux lighting and changerooms.”

The business case for the project stated the redevelopment would particularly benefit “women and girls who are currently underrepresented in formal sporting activities within the municipality.”

An economic analysis of the project found that construction element of the project would create 37 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs for two years with ongoing employment of 27 FTE.

Over a 25-year period it is estimated the investment in Reid Oval would generate economic output of $88.9 million.

The Reid Oval Development Plan, endorsed by Council in February 2017, identified six key infrastructure priorities for Reid Oval. They are:

1. Oval playing surface upgrade.

2. Lighting upgrades.

3. Player and umpire amenity upgrades.

4. Improved spectator amenities.

5. Improved cricket training facilities.

6. State/Regional Sporting Association offices.

 

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