Thursday, May 30, 2024

Glenelg unveils $7.3m park upgrade


The final stage in the transformation for one of Portland’s most popular sport and recreation venues is now complete, with the official unveiling of the new-look Alexandra Park facilities by Glenelg Shire Council.

Member for Western Victoria, Jacinta Ermacora joined Glenelg Shire councillors and other dignitaries recently at West Portland to open the state-of-the-art facilities to local user groups and community members.

The $7.3 million project has seen a complete overhaul for the venue, with the previous facilities knocked down to make way for a new multi-purpose pavilion, lighting, car parking upgrades, accessibility enhancements, kitchen and changeroom facilities.

These upgrades follow on from earlier upgrades of new netball courts, offering a complete refresh for the key sporting and recreation venue.

Mayor, Scott Martin said the project has been a long time coming after years of advocacy and would support growth for several community groups.

“This venue plays host to Westerns Football Netball Club, Gorae Portland Cricket Club, Portland Tigers Junior Football Club and Portland BMX Club, as well as Kyeema Support Services and the Portland Bay School – there are hundreds of people who use this precinct each week,” he said.

“In fact, there is already an exciting event on the cards which will see hundreds, if not thousands, of people using this new facility. Kyeema Support Services are hosting the Tri State games in 2024 and 2025, which will see athletes converge right here at Alexandra Park to compete.

“We know that securing this event would not have been possible without an accessible facility, and we are excited to see what further opportunities and large-scale events are on the horizon as a result of these upgrades.”

Mayor Martin thanked Member for Western Victoria, Jacinta Ermacora and delegates from Sport and Recreation Victoria who were on-site for the unveiling for their substantial funding support.

“We thank the State Government for their investment and helping to realise this project. Their support and financial contribution has been crucial, and our Glenelg Shire community will reap the benefits for decades to come,” he said.

The Alexandra Park upgrades were collaboratively funded through Sport and Recreation Victoria, the Federal Government and Glenelg Shire Council.

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